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The Book of Urizen is one of the major prophetic books of the English writer William Blake, illustrated by Blake's own plates. It was originally published as The . PRELUDIUM TO THE [FIRST] BOOK OF URIZEN. Of the primeval Priests assum' d power, When Eternals spurn'd back his religion; And gave. PRELUDIUM TO THE BOOK OF URIZEN. Of the primeval Priests assum'd power, . When Eternals spurn'd back his religion;. And gave him a.

Of the primeval Priests assum'd power, When Eternals spurn'd back his religion; And gave him a place in the north, Obscure, shadowy, void, solitary. Lo, a shadow of horror is risen In Eternity! Unknown, unprolific! Self-closd, all-repelling: Dark revolving in silent activity: His cold horrors silent, dark Urizen Prepar'd: Earth was not:

And a sixth Age passed over: And a seventh Age passed over: In terrors Los shrunk from his task: His great hammer fell from his hand: His fires beheld, and sickening, Hid their strong limbs in smoke. All the myriads of Eternity: Roll like a sea around him, Except what his little orbs Of sight by degrees unfold.

Los wept obscur'd with mourning: And now seen, now obscur'd, to the eyes Of Eternals, the visions remote Of the dark seperation appear'd.

As glasses discover Worlds In the endless Abyss of space, So the expanding eyes of Immortals Beheld the dark visions of Los, And the globe of life blood trembling. The globe of life blood trembled Branching out into roots; Fib'rous, writhing upon the winds; Fibres of blood, milk and tears; In pangs, eternity on eternity. All Eternity shudderd at sight Of the first female now separate Pale as a cloud of snow Waving before the face of Los.

Wonder, awe, fear, astonishment, Petrify the eternal myriads; At the first female form now separate They call'd her Pity, and fled. They began to weave curtains of darkness They erected large pillars round the Void With golden hooks fastend in the pillars With infinite labour the Eternals A woof wove, and called it Science.

Eternity shudder'd when they saw, Man begetting his likeness, On his own divided image. Yet helpless it lay like a Worm In the trembling womb To be moulded into existence. The Eternals their tent finished Alarm'd with these gloomy visions When Enitharmon groaning Produc'd a man Child to the light.

A shriek ran thro' Eternity: And a paralytic stroke; At the birth of the Human shadow. Delving earth in his resistless way; Howling, the Child with fierce flames Issu'd from Enitharmon.

The Eternals, closed the tent They beat down the stakes the cords Stretch'd for a work of eternity; No more Los beheld Eternity. In his hands he siez'd the infant He bathed him in springs of sorrow He gave him to Enitharmon. They named the child Orc, he grew Fed with milk of Enitharmon.

A tight'ning girdle grew, Around his bosom. In sobbings He burst the girdle in twain, But still another girdle Opressd his bosom, In sobbings Again he burst it. Again Another girdle succeeds The girdle was form'd by day; By night was burst in twain.

Evil and Urizen: William Blake’s Visions of a Demiurge

These falling down on the rock Into an iron Chain In each other link by link lock'd. They took Orc to the top of a mountain. O how Enitharmon wept!

The dead heard the voice of the child And began to awake from sleep All things. And Urizen craving with hunger Stung with the odours of Nature Explor'd his dens around.

THE BOOK OF URIZEN

He form'd a dividing rule: He formed scales to weigh; He formed massy weights; He formed a brazen quadrant; He formed golden compasses And began to explore the Abyss And he planted a garden of fruits. And his world teemd vast enormities Frightning; faithless; fawning Portions of life; similitudes Of a foot, or a hand, or a head Or a heart, or an eye, they swam mischevous Dread terrors! Grodna rent the deep earth howling Amaz'd!

He in darkness clos'd, view'd all his race, And his soul sicken'd! Where ever the footsteps of Urizen Walk'd over the cities in sorrow. Then the Inhabitants of those Cities: Till the shrunken eyes clouded over Discernd not the woven hipocrisy But the streaky slime in their heavens Brought together by narrowing perceptions Appeard transparent air; for their eyes Grew small like the eyes of a man And in reptile forms shrinking together Of seven feet stature they remaind. Six days they shrunk up from existence And on the seventh day they rested And they bless'd the seventh day, in sick hope: And forgot their eternal life.

Orc's infant cries awaken Urizen, who begins to survey and measure the world he has created.

Urizen explores his world and witnesses the birth of his four sons, who represent the four classical elements. From these experiences Urizen's hopes are crushed and his: In response, he creates a web of religion, which serve as chains to the mind.

The Book of Urizen is a creation myth that is similar to the Book of Genesis. This creation is taken up again in The Four Zoas with a primal man, Albion , being the original form.

In this work, it is only Urizen, the representation of abstractions and is an abstraction of the human self. From himself he first divides unknown shapes that begin to torment him. He also turns against the other Eternals and believes himself holy. In contemplating himself, he is able to discover sins and records them in a book of brass that are a combination of Newton, the laws of Moses, and deism that force uniformity. The rest of the Eternals in turn become indignant at Urizen's turning against eternity, and they establish the essence of the sins within living beings.

This torments Urizen, who falls into a sleep, which allows Los to appear. Los' duty within the work is to watch over Urizen, and Urizen is seen as an eternal priest while Los takes the position of eternal prophet. Urizen, like mankind, is bound by these chains.

In the Newtonian belief the material universe is connected through an unconscious power which, in turn, characterises imagination and intellect as accidental aspects that result from this. Additionally, imagination and intelligence are secondary to force. This early version of a "survival of the fittest" universe is connected to a fallen world of tyranny and murder in Blake's view. The poem portrays Orc and his three-stage cycle, whose stages are connected to historical events, although the latter are removed in The Four Zoas.

Creation, however, was the fall. Urizen is the representation of abstraction, which is a passive and mental force disconnected from reality. Reference The Book of Urizen: Join Newsletter Sign up to be notified when DeliriumsRealm publishes new content.

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