Urizen's Words of Wisdom
And Urizen read in his Book of Brass in sounding tones: --
`Listen, O Daughters, to my voice! listen to the
words of wisdom!
Compel the Poor to live upon a crust of bread by soft mild arts:
So shall you govern
over all. Let Moral Duty tune your tongue,
But be your hearts harder than the nether millstone;
the Shadow of Enitharmon beneath our wondrous Tree,
That Los may evaporate like smoke, and be
Draw down Enitharmon to the Spectre of Urthona,
And let him have dominion over Los, the
Smile when they frown, frown when they smile; and when a man looks pale
and abstinence, say he looks healthy and happy;
And when his children sicken, let them die: there are
Born, even too many, and our earth will soon be overrun
Without these arts. If you would make
the Poor live with temper,
With pomp give every crust of bread you give; with gracious cunning
small gifts; reduce the man to want a gift, and then give with pomp.
Say he smiles, if you hear him sigh; if
pale, say he is ruddy
Preach temperance: say he is overgorg'd, and drowns his wit
In strong drink, tho' you
know that bread and water are all
He can afford. Flatter his wife, pity his children, till we can
to our will, as spaniels are taught with art.'
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