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Four Zoas Manuscript
Four Zoas, Night VIII, Page 108, (E 384) "O how the horrors of Eternal Death take hold on Man His faint groans shake the caves & issue thro the desolate rocks PAGE 113  "And the Strong Eagle now with num[m]ing cold blighted of feathers Once like the pride of the sun now flagging in cold night Hovers with blasted wings aloft watching with Eager Eye Till Man shall leave a corruptible body he famishd hears him groan And now he fixes his strong talons in the pointed rock And now he beats the heavy air with his enormous wings Beside him lies the Lion dead & in his belly worms Feast on his death till universal death devours all And the pale horse seeks for the pool to lie him down & die But finds the pools filled with serpents devouring one another He droops his head & trembling stands & his bright eyes decay These are the Visions of My Eyes the Visions of Ahania Thus cries Ahania Enion replies from the Caverns of the Grave Fear not O poor forsaken one O land of briars & thorns Where once the Olive flourishd & the Cedar spread his wings Once I waild desolate like thee my fallow fields in fear Cried to the Churchyards & the Earthworm came in dismal state I found him in my bosom & I said the time of Love Appears upon the rocks & hills in silent shades but soon A voice came in the night a midnight cry upon the mountains Awake the bridegroom cometh I awoke to sleep no more But an Eternal Consummation is dark Enion The watry Grave. O thou Corn field O thou Vegetater happy More happy is the dark consumer hope drowns all my torment For I am now surrounded by a shadowy vortex drawing The Spectre quite away from Enion that I die a death Of bitter hope altho I consume in these raging waters The furrowd field replies to the grave I hear her reply to me Behold the time approaches fast that thou shalt be as a thing Forgotten when one speaks of thee he will not be believd When the man gently fades away in his immortality When the mortal disappears in improved knowledge cast away The former things so shall the Mortal gently fade away And so become invisible to those who still remain Listen I will tell thee what is done in the caverns of the grave"
Illustrations to Young's Night Thoughts
Death in the material world plunges the corruptible body into decay and disintegration.
Death to the material world releases the spirit to a new awakening.
Marriage of Heaven & Hell, Plate 4, (E 34) "The voice of the Devil All Bibles or sacred codes. have been the causes of the following Errors. 1. That Man has two real existing principles Viz: a Body & a Soul. 2. That Energy. calld Evil. is alone from the Body. & that Reason. calld Good. is alone from the Soul. 3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies. But the following Contraries to these are True 1 Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that calld Body is a portion of Soul discernd by the five Senses. the chief inlets of Soul in this age 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3 Energy is Eternal Delight"