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America. A Prophecy
Plate 14, Copy M
"For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern." (Marriage of Heaven & Hell)
he is remarking on our failure to realize that there is more to 'sense' beyond the material world which provides information to our five senses. To limit oneself to what the world of time and space shows us, is to live in a world of doubt. We deny the best part of being human when we turn away from the soul to the natural world as the source of meaning.
Doubt like darkness is a void, an absence. When we sleep the mind closes itself to external stimuli. Doubt is closing the mind to spiritual consciousness. We know that in a wakeful state we can focus our minds as we choose. Focusing the mind in the direction of consciousness of the truths which bind us into one humanity eliminates doubt. Focusing the mind egocentrically, as the Selfhood directs us to do, sends us into a sleep which deprives us of the liberty to affirm ourselves or our brothers.
Letter to Butts, Felpham, April 25: 1803, (E 728) "Now I may say to you what perhaps I should not dare to say to any one else. That I can alone carry on my visionary studies in London unannoyd & that I may converse with my friends in Eternity. See Visions, Dream Dreams, & prophecy & speak Parables unobserv'd & at liberty from the Doubts of other Mortals. perhaps Doubts proceeding from Kindness. but Doubts are always pernicious Especially when we Doubt our Friends" Everlasting Gospel, (E 520) "Can that which was of Woman born In the absence of the Morn When the Soul fell into Sleep And Archangels round it weep Shooting out against the Light Fibres of a deadly night Reasoning upon its own Dark Fiction In Doubt which is Self Contradiction Humility is only Doubt And does the Sun & Moon blot out Rooting over with thorns & stems The buried Soul & all its Gems This Lifes dim Windows of the Soul Distorts the Heavens from Pole to Pole And leads you to Believe a Lie When you see with not thro the Eye That was born in a night to perish in a night When the Soul slept in the beams of Light." Songs & Ballads, (E 492) "A Riddle or the Crickets Cry Is to Doubt a fit Reply The Emmets Inch & Eagles Mile Make Lame Philosophy to smile He who Doubts from what he sees Will neer Believe do what you Please If the Sun & Moon should Doubt Theyd immediately Go out" Jerusalem, Plate 93, (E 253) "In that terrible Day of Rintrahs Plow & of Satans driving the Team. Ah! then I heard my little ones weeping along the Valley! Ah! then I saw my beloved ones fleeing from my Tent Merlin was like thee Rintrah among the Giants of Albion Judah was like Palamabron: O Simeon! O Levi! ye fled away How can I hear my little ones weeping along the Valley Or how upon the distant Hills see my beloveds Tents. Then Los again took up his speech as Enitharmon ceast Fear not my Sons this Waking Death. he is become One with me Behold him here! We shall not Die! we shall be united in Jesus. Will you suffer this Satan this Body of Doubt that Seems but Is Not To occupy the very threshold of Eternal Life. if Bacon, Newton, Locke, Deny a Conscience in Man & the Communion of Saints & Angels Contemning the Divine Vision & Fruition, Worshiping the Deus Of the Heathen, The God of This World, & the Goddess Nature Mystery Babylon the Great, The Druid Dragon & hidden Harlot Is it not that Signal of the Morning which was told us in the Beginning"