British Library Four Zoas Manuscript Page 122
Four Zoas, Night IX, Page 121, (E 391) "The three daughters of Urizen Guard Ahanias Death couch Rising from the confusion in tears & howlings & despair Calling upon their fathers Name upon their Rivers dark And the Eternal Man Said Hear my words O Prince of Light PAGE 122 Behold Jerusalem in whose bosom the Lamb of God Is seen tho slain before her Gates he self renewd remains Eternal & I thro him awake to life from deaths dark vale The times revolve the time is coming when all these delights Shall be renewd & all these Elements that now consume Shall reflourish. Then bright Ahania shall awake from death A glorious Vision to thine Eyes a Self renewing Vision The spring. the summer to be thine then Sleep the wintry days In silken garments spun by her own hands against her funeral The winter thou shalt plow & lay thy stores into thy barns Expecting to recieve Ahania in the spring with joy Immortal thou. Regenerate She & all the lovely Sex >From her shall learn obedience & prepare for a wintry grave That spring may see them rise in tenfold joy & sweet delight Thus shall the male & female live the life of Eternity Because the Lamb of God Creates himself a bride & wife That we his Children evermore may live in Jerusalem Which now descendeth out of heaven a City yet a Woman Mother of myriads redeemd & born in her spiritual palaces By a New Spiritual birth Regenerated from Death Urizen Said. I have Erred & my Error remains with me What Chain encompasses in what Lock is the river of light confind That issues forth in the morning by measure & the evening by carefulness Where shall we take our stand to view the infinite & unbounded Or where are human feet for Lo our eyes are in the heavens He ceasd for rivn link from link the bursting Universe explodes All things reversd flew from their centers rattling bones To bones join, shaking convulsd the shivering clay breathes Each speck of dust to the Earths center nestles round & round In pangs of an Eternal Birth in torment & awe & fear All spirits deceasd let loose from reptile prisons come in shoals Wild furies from the tygers brain & from the lions Eyes And from the ox & ass come moping terrors. from the Eagle And raven numerous as the leaves of Autumn every species Flock to the trumpet muttring over the sides of the grave crying In the fierce wind round heaving rocks & mountains filld with groans On rifted rocks suspended in the air by inward fires Many a woful company & many on clouds & waters Fathers & friends Mothers & Infants Kings & Warriors Priests & chaind Captives met together in a horrible fear And every one of the dead appears as he had livd before"On page 122 Urizen continues to participate in the metamorphosis taking place in the cosmos. The Eternal Man replies to Urizen's confession of responsibility for the instability which has arisen within man and in the external world.
Urizen is told that by encountering the spiritual aspect within himself, he can engage with the incarnation of the spirit in matter. Although Albion has experienced transitions through several states of consciousness, God's Eternal Word remains constant. Urizen is told that he will continue to see changes within and around him, including the return of his ability to be expressed through his Emanation Ahania. The cyclical regeneration of the mental processes, which Ahania represents, will remain an aspect of the psyche. There is a feedback loop which stimulates thought and responds to it. The nurturing times lead to the productive activity and vice versa.
Perhaps we would miss the import of the question, 'where are human feet', if it were not followed in the next line by the phrase, 'the bursting Universe explodes.' Like Parsifal's question, 'Whom does the Grail serve?', Urizen's question breaks through the division between human and divine. Remember that Blake asks the question also:
Milton, Plate 1, (E 95)
"And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!"
If the feet of the Lamb of God tread England's paths and mankind plants his feet on Edan's soil, can apocalypse be delayed?
Blake must have known his physics well enough to realize the every explosion is an implosion as well, because he immediately transfers his attention to reassembling scattered particles into an inclusive ecosystem.
 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.