Blake seeks to provide the Golden String which can lead us through the labyrinth of our experience or his own poetry.

Friday, January 4, 2013


From Wikipedia:
 "The acronym INRI (Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latin inscription which in English reads as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews and John 19:20  states that this was written in three languages: Hebrew, Latin and Greek during the crucifixion of Jesus. The Greek version reads ΙΝΒΙ, representing Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος ὁ Bασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων."

Luke 23
[36] And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
[37] And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
[38] And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
[39] And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
[40] But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
[41] And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
[42] And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
[43] And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
[44] And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
[45] And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
[46] And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
[47] Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Fogg Art Museum
Harvard University
Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves 

 ("Lord Remember Me")

Blake represents in this picture of the crucifixion not the suffering of Jesus but the continuation of his ministry of healing through forgiveness. The malefactor who knew his own guilt came to see the blamelessness of Jesus. He reached out and asked to be included in the Lord's kingdom. The gifts of forgiveness and Eternal Life were offered freely when his eyes were opened.

Romans 6
[23] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.   

Milton, Plate 5, (E 98)
"Christ took on Sin in the Virgins Womb, & put it off on the Cross" 
Milton, Plate 22 [24], (E 117)
"Faith in God the dear Saviour who took on the likeness of men:
Becoming obedient to death, even the death of the Cross"
Everlasting Gospel,from Blake's Notebook (E 876)
     "It was when Jesus said to Me
     Thy Sins are all forgiven thee
     The Christian trumpets loud proclaim
     Thro all the World in Jesus name
     Mutual forgiveness of each Vice
     And oped the Gates of Paradise
     The Moral Virtues in Great fear
     Formed the Cross & Nails & Spear
     And the Accuser standing by
     Cried out Crucify Crucify
     Our Moral Virtues neer can be
     Nor Warlike pomp & Majesty
     For Moral Virtues all begin
     In the Accusations of Sin"

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