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Illustration to Blair's The Grave
Descent of Man into the Vale of Death
Blake is convinced that humans are not separate entities but portions of one body. Because man is a member of the one body (Albion), his every act is influenced by those with whom be interacts, and his acts impinge upon all others. If he becomes a punisher, he punishes himself as well as all of humanity. Every member of the body is responsible for caring of every other member. Only by doing so can the body provide for each member. Each member is harmed by the selfishness of another because all are necessary for the body to function optimally.
Jerusalem, Plate 47, (E 196) "Hark! the mingling cries of Luvah with the Sons of Albion Hark! & Record the terrible wonder! that the Punisher Mingles with his Victims Spectre, enslaved and tormented To him whom he has murderd, bound in vengeance & enmity Shudder not, but Write, & the hand of God will assist you! Therefore I write Albions last words. Hope is banish'd from me."Jerusalem, Plate 45 , (E 194)
"What shall I [Los] do! what could I do, if I could find these Criminals
I could not dare to take vengeance; for all things are so constructed
And builded by the Divine hand, that the sinner shall always escape,
And he who takes vengeance alone is the criminal of Providence;
If I should dare to lay my finger on a grain of sand
In way of vengeance; I punish the already punishd: O whom
Should I pity if I pity not the sinner who is gone astray!
O Albion, if thou takest vengeance; if thou revengest thy wrongs
Thou art for ever lost! What can I do to hinder the Sons
Of Albion from taking vengeance? or how shall I them perswade.
These were his [Albion's] last words, and the merciful Saviour in his arms
Reciev'd him, in the arms of tender mercy and repos'd
The pale limbs of his Eternal Individuality
Upon the Rock of Ages."
Jerusalem, PLATE 31 , (E 177) "Then the Divine hand found the Two Limits, Satan and Adam, In Albions bosom: for in every Human bosom those Limits stand. And the Divine voice came from the Furnaces, as multitudes without Number! the voices of the innumerable multitudes of Eternity. And the appearance of a Man was seen in the Furnaces; Saving those who have sinned from the punishment of the Law, (In pity of the punisher whose state is eternal death,) And keeping them from Sin by the mild counsels of his love. Albion goes to Eternal Death: In Me all Eternity. Must pass thro' condemnation, and awake beyond the Grave! No individual can keep these Laws, for they are death To every energy of man, and forbid the springs of life; Albion hath enterd the State Satan! Be permanent O State! And be thou for ever accursed! that Albion may arise again: And be thou created into a State! I go forth to Create States: to deliver Individuals evermore! Amen. So spoke the voice from the Furnaces, descending into Non-Entity [To Govern the Evil by Good: and States abolish Systems.]" Vision of Last Judgment, (E 565) "In Hell all is Self Righteousness there is no such thing there as Forgiveness of Sin he who does Forgive Sin is Crucified as an Abettor of Criminals. & he who performs Works of Mercy in Any shape whatever is punishd & if possible destroyd not thro Envy or Hatred or Malice but thro Self Righteousness that thinks it does God service which God is Satan"
Love, mercy, forgiveness, generosity, kindness, and gratitude: when these are the measure which is given, they will be the measure which is returned.
 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.
 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
 "Judge not, that you be not judged.
 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
 Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.