For The Sexes: THE GATES of PARADISE
Title & Prologue
To Blake eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree led to the promulgation of the law which is the instrument of accusation, dividing man into the virtuous and the law-breaker. Mercy, which does not assign guilt, deserves to be placed on Christian altars in the place of commandments through which man may be condemned.
Blake wrote The Gates of Paradise as a guide for entry into Paradise. The prologue serves a reminder that the stages through which man progresses are are not for the purpose of condemnation but should lead to acceptance and forgiveness.
For The Sexes: THE GATES of PARADISE, Prologue, (E259) "Mutual Forgiveness of each Vice Such are the Gates of Paradise Against the Accusers chief desire Who walkd among the Stones of Fire Jehovahs Finger Wrote the Law Then Wept! then rose in Zeal & Awe And the Dead Corpse from Sinais heat Buried beneath his Mercy Seat O Christians Christians! tell me Why You rear it on your Altars high" Jerusalem, Plate 54, (E 203) "In Great Eternity, every particular Form gives forth or Emanates Its own peculiar Light, & the Form is the Divine Vision And the Light is his Garment This is Jerusalem in every Man A Tent & Tabernacle of Mutual Forgiveness Male & Female Clothings. And Jerusalem is called Liberty among the Children of Albion" Jerusalem, Plate 92, (E 252) "Los answerd swift as the shuttle of gold. Sexes must vanish & cease To be, when Albion arises from his dread repose O lovely Enitharmon: When all their Crimes, their Punishments their Accusations of Sin: All their Jealousies Revenges. Murders. hidings of Cruelty in Deceit Appear only in the Outward Spheres of Visionary Space and Time. In the shadows of Possibility by Mutual Forgiveness forevermore And in the Vision & in the Prophecy, that we may Foresee & Avoid The terrors of Creation & Redemption & Judgment." Songs and Ballads, (E 477) "Let us agree to give up Love And root up the infernal grove Then shall we return & see The worlds of happy Eternity & Throughout all Eternity I forgive you you forgive me As our dear Redeemer said This the Wine & this the Bread"
 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice,
 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven."
 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;