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Large Color Printed Drawings
Night of Enitharmon's Joy
The error that Enitharmon represented could not be ended until man had experienced it to the degree that he was convinced of its futility. Blake tells us that the imagination, man's ability to perceive intuitively, had taken 'his rest.' His power had been transferred to the 'Eternal Female' who exercised her intuition to please herself and control men. Until man was able to behold the truth of his own intuitive abilities he would subject himself to control by the female will.
Vision of Last Judgment, (E 565) "Error is Created Truth is Eternal Error or Creation will be Burned Up & then & not till then Truth or Eternity will appear It is Burnt up the Moment Men cease to behold it I assert for My self that I do not behold the Outward Creation & that to me it is hindrance & not Action it is as the Dirt upon my feet No part of Me. What it will be Questiond When the Sun rises do you not see a round Disk of fire somewhat like a Guinea O no no I see an Innumerable company of the Heavenly host crying Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty I question not my Corporeal or Vegetative Eye any more than I would Question a Window concerning a Sight I look thro it & not with it."
Europe, Plate 3, (E 61) "Again the night is come That strong Urthona takes his rest, And Urizen unloos'd from chains Glows like a meteor in the distant north Stretch forth your hands and strike the elemental strings! Awake the thunders of the deep." Europe, Plate 4, (E 62) "Arise O Orc from thy deep den, First born of Enitharmon rise! And we will crown thy head with garlands of the ruddy vine; For now thou art bound; And I may see thee in the hour of bliss, my eldest born. The horrent Demon rose, surrounded with red stars of fire, Whirling about in furious circles round the immortal fiend. Then Enitharmon down descended into his red light, And thus her voice rose to her children, the distant heavens reply. Plate 5 Now comes the night of Enitharmons joy! Who shall I call? Who shall I send? That Woman, lovely Woman! may have dominion? Arise O Rintrah thee I call! & Palamabron thee! Go! tell the human race that Womans love is Sin! That an Eternal life awaits the worms of sixty winters In an allegorical abode where existence hath never come: Forbid all joy, & from her childhood shall the little female Spread nets in every secret path. My weary eyelids draw towards the evening, my bliss is yet but new."
Jerusalem, Plate 87, (E 246) "Enitharmon answerd [Los]. No! I will sieze thy Fibres & weave Them: not as thou wilt but as I will, for I will Create A round Womb beneath my bosom lest I also be overwoven With Love; be thou assured I never will be thy slave Let Mans delight be Love; but Womans delight be Pride In Eden our loves were the same here they are opposite I have Loves of my own I will weave them in Albions Spectre Cast thou in Jerusalems shadows thy Loves! silk of liquid Rubies Jacinths Crysolites: issuing from thy Furnaces. While Jerusalem divides thy care: while thou carest for Jerusalem Know that I never will be thine:"
 "God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."