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Saturday, July 16, 2011


Abraham & Isaac
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Genesis 22
[2] And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there
for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
[3] And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
[4] Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
[5] And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you,
[6] And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
[7] And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
[8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
[9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
[10] And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
[11] And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
[12] And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing onto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
[13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

Ghost of Abel, Plate 2, (E 272)

"Abel--    Are these the Sacrifices of Eternity O Jehovah, a Broken Spirit
        And a Contrite Heart. O I cannot Forgive! the Accuser hath        
        Enterd into Me as into his House & I loathe thy Tabernacles
        As thou hast said so is it come to pass: My desire is unto Cain
        And He doth rule over Me: therefore My Soul in fumes of Blood
        Cries for Vengeance: Sacrifice on Sacrifice Blood on Blood
Jehovah-- Lo I have given you a Lamb for an Atonement instead  

        Of the Transgres[s]or, or no Flesh or Spirit could ever Live
Abel--    Compelled I cry O Earth cover not the Blood of Abel

        Abel sinks down into the Grave. from which arises Satan
          Armed in glittering scales with a Crown & a Spear 

Satan--   I will have Human Blood & not the blood of Bulls or Goats
        And no Atonement O Jehovah the Elohim live on Sacrifice
        Of Men: hence I am God of Men: Thou Human O Jehovah.
        By the Rock & Oak of the Druid creeping Mistletoe & Thorn
        Cains City built with Human Blood, not Blood of Bulls & Goats
        Thou shalt Thyself be Sacrificed to Me thy God on Calvary

Jehovah-- Such is My Will.                     Thunders
                         that Thou Thyself go to Eternal Death
        In Self Annihilation even till Satan Self-subdud Put off Satan
        Into the Bottomless Abyss whose torment arises for ever & ever.

        On each side a Chorus of Angels entering Sing the

The Elohim of the Heathen Swore Vengeance for Sin! Then Thou stoodst
Forth O Elohim Jehovah! in the midst of the darkness of the Oath! All Clothed
In Thy Covenant of the Forgiveness of Sins: Death O Holy! Is this Brotherhood
The Elohim saw their Oath Eternal Fire; they rolled apart trembling over The
Mercy Seat: each in his station fixt in the Firmament by Peace Brotherhood
and Love.

        The Curtain falls

        The Voice of Abels Blood 
        1822 W Blakes Original Stereotype was 1788"

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