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Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is a book by the English poet and printmaker William Blake. It is a series of texts written in. □JAN n 8 S THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL THE ARGUMENT RINTRAH roars and shakes his fires in the burdenM air, Hungry clouds swag on . The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Jason Whittaker Zoamorphosis Essential Introductions 1. Blake's Life & Works 2. Songs of Innocence and of Experience 3.

Bring out number, weight, and measure in a year of dearth. No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. A dead body revenges not injuries. The most sublime act is to set an- other before you. If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. Folly is the cloak of knavery. Shame is Pride's cloak.

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God. Excess of sorrow laughs, excess of joy weeps. The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are por- tions of Eternity too great for the eye of man.

The fox condemns the trap, not himself. Joys impregnate, sorrows bring forth. The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. The selfish smiling fool and the sullen frowning fool shall be both thought wise that they may be a rod.

What is now proved was once only imagined. The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit watch the roots; the Hon, the tiger, the horse, the elephant watch the fruits. The cistern contains, the fountain overflows.

One thought fills immensity.

Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you. Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth. The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion.

Think in the morning, act in the noon, eat in the evening, sleep in the night.

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He who has suffered you to impose on him knows you. As the plough follows words, so God rewards prayers.

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. Expect poison from the standing water. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

Listen to the fool's reproach; it is a kingly title.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning. The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion the horse how he shall take his prey. The thankful receiver bears a plenti- ful harvest. If others had not been foolish we should have been so. The soul of sweet delight can never be defiled. When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius. Lift up thy head! As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.

To create a little flower is the labour of ages. The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest. Prayers plough not; praises reap not; joys laugh not; sorrows weep not. The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands and feet Proportion.

As the air to a bird, or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the con- temptible. The crow wished everything was black; the owl that everything was white.

Exuberance is Beauty. If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning. Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without Improve- ment are roads of Genius. Where man is not, nature is barren. Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not to be believed. The ancient poets animated all sen- sible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorn- ing them with properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, na- tions, and whatever their enlarged and numerous senses could perceive.

And particularly they studied the Genius of each city and country, placing it under its mental deity. Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of and enslaved the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects. Thus began Priesthood. And at length they pro- nounced that the Gods had ordered such things.

Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake

Isaiah answered: "I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception: but my senses discovered the infinite in everything; and as I was then persuaded, and remained confirmed, that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences, but wrote.

We of Israel taught that the Poetic Genius as you now call it was the first principle, and all the others merely derivative, which was the cause of our despising the Priests and Philosophers of other countries, and prophesying that all Gods would at last be proved to origi- nate in ours, and to be the tributaries of the Poetic Genius.

Ulro is single vision, Hell is twofold vision, Paradise is threefold vision and the true Vision is fourfold. Blake himself makes reference to the four levels of vision which occur in a verse letter he has written to his friend Thomas Butts in November 22nd There he describes himself as a fourfold man.

This perhaps concedes that we are right in assuming that Blake considers himself the man who rises from the dead to provide his truth. Molly A. On the one hand, there is a sense in which one experiences things as if the world is everything, but in the double vision, there exists simultaneously a profound doubt which suggests that the real is illusory. The intention is to equalize both states, that is, contraries are to be seen as necessary parts to form a unity or perfection.

Also, the one without the other would lack definition. Beside the effect of contraries in daily life, they are essential for literary art as well. Without contraries there is surely no fluidity achieved in the narration which logically leads to stagnation. Daniels explains the effect which contraries and oppositions have on the narrative, again by making use of the term vision which we have discussed above. Norman Nathan makes a slightly different suggestion on the synthesis of contraries.

Evil is the active springing from energy. Nathan has a very similar view on the relationship of contraries. Actually, the word refers to the relationship of a kind of energy and the limit of that energy.

For example, the foremost set of contraries is God and man. God is the imaginative energy and man is the limit of that energy.

Nathan gives a helpful and probably right explanation concerning the relationship of God and Man and the matter of reason and energy: Man is the limit of God. But man contains the contraries of energy and reason, love and hate, attraction and repulsion, etc. Reason contains the contraries of thinking and thought itself.

The thought itself contains the contraries of good and evil. As far as this approach is concerned, Blake might have been influenced by Cartesian and Newtonian science, according to Bidney.

Will is always Evil; it is pernicious to others or selfish. If God is anything he is Understanding. He is the Influx from that into the Will. Of course, this is the total opposite of what is being presented in the Marriage, where moral values as good and evil are rejected, since they seem to hinder progression and make up a part of a finite and corrupt world, which we shall see later on.

Is he really agreeing with Swedenborg in the annotations? Therefore, he might have intended to satirize the founder of the New Church by parodying his formulaic style and simply repeating the old views of conventional religion. Moreover, what many critics must have misunderstood is, that Blake is not to be seen as an anti-Christ or a satanic person in general who fights against God, as understood in the traditional sense.

The Devil, often referred to as poet-devil by critics, lists the errors as follows: 1. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies. Energy is the only life, and is from the Body; and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.

Energy is Eternal Delight. He might have taken the idea from Xenophanes and Aristotle.

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Furthermore, he believed in pre-existence like the Platonists. Before he is able to attack dogma and its possibly invented falsities, he must firstly mention the conventionalized definitions which are non-sense in his eyes. Then it is time to present the contraries which are more likely to be true. The first error in this doctrine is that man consists of separate things, namely body and soul. The Devil explains that the Body is the outward portion of the Soul which can be discerned by the five senses.

The second error to be destroyed is the belief that energy evil is only a product from the body, whereas good reason is a quality coming from the soul only. The Devil makes clear that there is no other life, spiritual as well as bodily, except from energy deriving from the body.

Thus, reason must be understood as its restrainer that sets limits to it.

The third error to be corrected is the punishment of God that every man has to expect because he follows his energies. Punishment and God seen as a tormentor is again a thought which is rejected by the Devil. In Plates Blake is obviously attacking reason or the restrainer for governing desire. Moreover, he mentions beings whose desire is weak, obviously those who are not able to desire properly and because of that want to limit the desire of others. However, the poet surely wants to say with other words that the church still worshipped the old God.

Bentley, Blake Records Supplement. Foster Damon, William Blake. Bentley, The Stranger from Paradise. Editor Geoffrey Keynes. Geoffrey Keynes ed. Oxford: University Press, — After the meeting of the Three Estates in and the formation of a new National Assembly at the end of that year, which brought with it the promise of potential republicanism or at the very least constitutional monarchy, the Revolution was largely still in its benevolent phase.

Certainly there had been the Great Fear of the Summer of , which betokened the potential tyranny that would come, but the brief fits of violence that occurred, such as the storming of the Bastille, could still be presented as part of the progress of France towards enlightened government. Feudalism had been abolished and in May the Assembly had even renounced any involvement in wars of conquest.

There is little of that exultation in texts such as The [First] Book of Urizen or The Book of Ahania where the innocence of his diabolism is tempered by the knowledge of revolutionary violence.

Peter A. Schock has observed the ways in which the figure and mythology of Satan was used by both radicals and conservatives in the early years of the Revolution. His argument, like that of Erdman, suffers slightly from the current understanding that The Marriage was published in thus removing some of the immediate sources that he draws upon , but it is clear that British propaganda against Satanic rebels made Blake increasingly proud of his diabolism — at least until it became no longer safe to display such partisanship publicly Schock The Marriage, then, responds with energy and optimism to the events of Although Blake had originally sought to mock the tenets of a fashionable but still slightly obscure sect in London, he quickly expanded his vision to politics, religion, and literature, easily sweeping in literary giants such as Milton.

In tone and style, if not always in content, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is sometimes reminiscent of his earlier satire of the s, the unpub- lished An Island in the Moon, mixing raucous Augustan comedy with matters of import.

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As the dawn of Revolution turned into the bloody sunset of the Terror, it was a mood that was largely to disappear from his writing for more than two decades. It is now accepted that Blake completed all twenty-seven of the plates in the book in , printing most of the extant copies that survive in that year, although he produced three more in the mids and another two richly illuminated versions in and The Evolution of The Marriage In the course of bibliographical work over the past two decades to establish the actual date of publication of The Marriage, Joseph Viscomi in particular has drawn attention to the unusual — convoluted, even — history of its printing.

In the first of his three related essays, Viscomi proposed that The Marriage had developed through four to six distinct printing sessions, suggesting that Blake did not have a completed manuscript before he began work Viscomi At this point, it is the first essay on the evolution of the printing process that is most relevant. By measuring impressions on copies of The Marriage, Viscomi established that plates had been cut from the same piece of copper and were prob- ably produced as a separate pamphlet before work began on the rest of the book.

The Bible of Hell: He is also able to sug- gest a chronology for the sequence in which The Marriage was composed, some parts of this chronology such as the original, anti-Swedenborgian pamphlet being more firmly established than others.

That Blake then chose to rearrange his plates into the order in which we typically read them now plates , extend- ing what began as a pamphlet into a much more ambitious literary work, has important consequences for the fragmentary nature of this remarkable book. Nonetheless, while this explains how the book came to be printed in the form in which it comes down to us, as Viscomi himself observes it does not explain the very strong reactions which readers have had when reading this very strange text.

I think the whole page at the top of which I have made a cross in red chalk would at once exclude the work from every drawing-room table in England.

The content alone was not all that caused early critics apart from Swinburne to falter in their assessment of The Marriage.

This latter form, which began to be applied to The Marriage by Blake scholars in the s, originated in the now lost works of Menippus, a Greek Cynic and satirist who lived in the third century BC and whose texts influenced classical writers such as Varro and Lucan and whose influence on Blake Leslie Tannenbaum noted in the s. Menippean satire combined different genres and styles of writing as well as rapidly shifting viewpoints, a miscellany or medley of positions and situations that can be observed in such writers as Jonathan Swift and Lewis Carroll.

Blake did not set out to write a miscellany; rather one emerged during the rather complex schedule of etching different plates. Nonetheless, if he did not intend to produce a Menippean satire Blake appeared happy enough with the final disjointed form of his book.

The startling variations that occur from plate to plate, or section to section, serve as intellectual shocks to the reader that prevent him or her from settling too comfortably in the precincts of hell or the fields of heaven.

Proverbs and Fancies Despite the incongruities in the production and form of The Marriage, it must also be recognised that as well as strong thematic consistencies running throughout the entire text there are also repeated formal motifs that provide some coherence to the structure of the book.

This formal unity is most evident in the series of Memorable Fancies. These comprise the greater part of The Marriage and while the situation and perspec- tive of each one can be radically different whether dining with the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, for example, or witnessing an angel and devil conversing over the true nature of Jesus , after only a few encounters the sudden punctua- tions of each of these fantasies leads the reader to expect tumult and disorder.

This anticipation of anarchy itself provides an unusual form of coherence, an act of imaginative reading whereby we are expected to make intellectual leaps between each scene in a form befitting Menippean satire. The first of the Memorable Fancies offers a short prologue to the section of The Marriage that has become the most famous: As I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.

I collected some of their Proverbs: When I came home; on the abyss of the five senses, where a flat sided steep frowns over the present world. These maxims obviously have their roots in biblical proverbs such as those found in Ecclesiastes, but whereas the general tenor of the older sayings is conservative in character that of those in The Marriage is deliberately pro- vocative and disturbing.

The Memorable Fancy that precedes the Proverbs of Hell also indicates the important transformation of perception that Blake expected to accompany the act of reading: Rather than the operation of transcendant reason organising passive sense impressions, active imagination proceeds from the desires of the body.

Such an understanding is indicated in the following Memorable Fancy in which the narrator sits down to dinner with Isaiah and Ezekiel: I asked them how they dared so roundly to assert. I saw no God. Then I asked: He replied. It would not be unfair to comment that most people who have heard of Swedenborg today have done so because of what Blake writes in The Marriage in particular.

Emmanuel Swedenborg Swedenborg was a remarkable figure in eighteenth century Europe, a man of the Enlightenment and science who also gave rise to a form of mysti- cism that appealed to many of his contemporaries. After completing university at Uppsala in , Swedenborg travelled through Western Europe before coming to London where he stayed for four years before returning to Sweden in to work on scientific and engineering projects.

Swedenborg worked as an assessor for the Swedish Board of Mines and published scientific discoveries in his periodical, Daedalus Hyperboreus The Northern Daedalus. For these, and other services, he was ennobled in whereupon the family name was changed from Swedberg to Swedenborg , and in he was offered the chair of mathematics at Uppsala, a post that he declined. During the s, Swedenborg turned to religious and philosophical sub- jects, publishing a series of works that attempted to demonstrate how matter related to spirit and the finite to the infinite, such as De Infinito On the Infinite.

By , he was convinced that he had to abandon his scientific studies and devote himself to understanding God, publishing The Worship and Love of God in London in Until his death in , Swedenborg travelled between Stockholm, London and Holland, writing a number of theological works that expounded his new theological system. His last book, Vera Christiana Religio The True Christian Religion , was completed in , the year after which he suffered a stroke during a visit to London and was buried at the Swedish church in Shadwell.

Certainly some, such as the Bishop of Gothenberg, rejected Swedenborgianism as it was to become outright, but others such as the early followers C.

During his lifetime, however, he made few converts, in part because of his unwillingness to proselytise, and where he did attract followers this was not without difficulties: Throughout the s and s, however, his influence gradually spread throughout Europe, although it was in England that he found most acceptance and made most disciples Trobridge At the meeting in a public house on 13 April, , the Blakes were asked to sign the following paper: We whose Names are hereunto subscribed, do each of us approve of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, believing that the Doctrines contained therein are genuine Truths, revealed from Heaven, and that the New Jerusalem Church ought to be established, distinct and separate from the Old Church.

As we have already seen, Viscomi argues that plates of The Marriage were originally composed as a separate pamphlet aimed at the New Church before it developed into a much more ambitious project: I have always found that Angels have the vanity to speak of themselves as the only wise; this they do with a confident insolence sprouting from systematic reasoning: Now hear a plain fact: Swedenborg has not written one new truth: And now hear the reason. Thus Swedenborgs writings are a recapitulation of all superficial opinions, and an analysis of the more sublime, but no further.

Have now another plain fact: But when he has done this, let him not say that he knows better than his master, for he only holds a candle in sunshine. Without Contraries is No Progression D uring the s, the Enlightenment critique of religion was to advance rapidly into outright hostility.

Critical ideas that had been the preserve of an elite of educated philosophers or the rich echelons of society were taken up in very different forms by a wider section of society. The Bible of Hell As has been noted, a considerable amount of The Marriage echoes some of the classical Enlightenment critique of religion that could be discovered in Hume, Voltaire and Bayle. Storms and tempests ruin what is nourished by the sun.

The sun destroys what is fostered by the moisture of dews and rains. War may be favourable to a nation, whom the inclemency of the seasons afflicts with famine. Sickness and famine may depopulate a kingdom, amidst the most profuse plenty… In short, the conduct of events, or what we call the plan of a particular providence, is so full of variety and uncertainty, that, if we suppose it immediately ordered by any intelligent beings, we must acknowledge a contrariety in their designs and intentions, a constant combat of opposite powers, and a repentance or change of intention in the same power, from impotence or levity.

Each nation has its titular deity. Each element is subject to its invisible power or agent. The province of each god is separate from that of another. The differences, however, are more profound: While Blake, like the philosophes, has no truck with conventional organised religion, he does not strike camp with the philosophers. In his first experiments in illuminated printing, All Religions are One and There is No Natural Religion, he had critiqued the use of reason as sufficient to explain religion, choosing instead imagination as its source: While Blake maintained this position throughout his life, he could, however, understand the significance of contemporary attacks on superstition and priestcraft.All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors: That Man has two real existing principles, viz.

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