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Four Zoas, Night I, PAGE 9, (E 304) "And then they wanderd far away she sought for them in vain In weeping blindness stumbling she followd them oer rocks & mountains Rehumanizing from the Spectre in pangs of maternal love Ingrate they wanderd scorning her drawing her Spectrous Life Repelling her away & away by a dread repulsive power Into Non Entity revolving round in dark despair. And drawing in the Spectrous life in pride and haughty joy Thus Enion gave them all her spectrous life Then Eno a daughter of Beulah took a Moment of Time And drew it out to Seven thousand years with much care & affliction And many tears & in Every year made windows into Eden She also took an atom of space & opend its center Into Infinitude & ornamented it with wondrous art Astonishd sat her Sisters of Beulah to see her soft affections To Enion & her children & they ponderd these things wondring And they Alternate kept watch over the Youthful terrors They saw not yet the Hand Divine for it was not yet reveald But they went on in Silent Hope & Feminine repose But Los & Enitharmon delighted in the Moony spaces of Eno Nine Times they livd among the forests, feeding on sweet fruits And nine bright Spaces wanderd weaving mazes of delight Snaring the wild Goats for their milk they eat the flesh of Lambs A male & female naked & ruddy as the pride of summer Alternate Love & Hate his breast; hers Scorn & Jealousy In embryon passions. they kiss'd not nor embrac'd for shame & fear His head beamd light & in his vigorous voice was prophecy He could controll the times & seasons, & the days & years She could controll the spaces, regions, desart, flood & forest But had no power to weave a Veil of covering for her Sins She drave the Females all away from Los And Los drave all the Males from her away They wanderd long, till they sat down upon the margind sea. Conversing with the visions of Beulah in dark slumberous bliss But the two youthful wonders wanderd in the world of Tharmas Thy name is Enitharmon; said the fierce prophetic boy While thy mild voice fills all these Caverns with sweet harmony O how our Parents sit & mourn in their silent secret bowers"
Enion's two infants immediately begin to pursue wayward, independent existences. Apparently their reasoning came from Enion's Spectrous Life. Eno who is the Aged Mother who shook the Heavens as the Four Zoas began, again intervened in the development of the two children. It is at this point that time and space become perceptible to the developing mind. The remnants of Enions awareness of Tharmas as the cohesive force of the body, become the framework for a world in which man can gain experience.
The benevolence of Eno provided a means for the psyche to develop through opening the unconscious to an exterior world. In Enion's hands are a square and a compass, Blake's symbolic instruments of creation. It was the first step in a perilous journey which would lead to a reunion of all the scattered pieces into an inclusive whole.
At the end of the passage we learn Enitharmon's name and the role of the boy as the fierce prophet, Los.