The Kings of Asia heard
The howl rise up from Europe,
And each ran out from his Web,
From his ancient
For the darkness of Asia was startled
At the thick-flaming, thought-creating fires of Orc.
the Kings of Asia stood
And crièd in bitterness of soul:--
`Shall not the King call for Famine from the heath,
Nor the Priest for Pestilence from the fen,
to dismay, to thin
The inhabitants of mountain and plain,
In the day of full-feeding prosperity
And the night
of delicious songs?
Shall not the Counsellor throw his curb
Of Poverty on the laborious,
To fix the price of labour,
And the privy admonishers of men
Call for Fires in the City,
For heaps of smoking ruins,
In the night of
prosperity and wantonness,
To turn man from his path,
To restrain the child from the womb,
To cut off the bread from the city;
remnant may learn to obey,
That the pride of the heart may fail,
That the lust of the eyes may be quench'd,
That the delicate ear in
May be dull'd, and the nostrils clos'd up,
To teach Mortal Worms the path
That leads from the
gates of the Grave?'
Urizen heard them cry,
And his shudd'ring, waving wings
Went enormous above the red flames,
clouds of despair thro' the Heavens
Of Europe as he went.
And his Books of brass, iron, and gold
over the land as he flew,
Heavy-waving, howling, weeping.
And he stood over Judaea,
And stay'd in his
And stretch'd his clouds over Jerusalem;
For Adam, a mouldering skeleton,
Lay bleach'd on the garden of Eden;
And Noah, as white as snow,
the mountains of Ararat.
Then the thunders of Urizen bellow'd aloud
From his woven darkness above.
Orc, raging in European darkness,
Arose like a pillar of fire above the Alps,
Like a serpent of fiery flame!
Forth from the dead dust, rattling bones to bones
Join. Shaking, convuls'd, the shiv'ring Clay breathes,
all Flesh naked stands: Fathers and Friends,
Mothers and Infants, Kings and Warriors.
The Grave shrieks with delight, and shakes
Her hollow womb, and clasps the solid stem:
Her bosom swells
with wild desire;
And milk and blood and glandous wine
In rivers rush, and shout and dance,
dale, and plain.
The Song of Los is ended
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