Four Zoas Manuscript
Four Zoas, Night IX, age 130, (E 399) "So saying they went down into the garden among the fruits And Enion sang among the flowers that grew among the trees And Vala said Go Tharmas weep not Go to Enion PAGE 131 He said O Vala I am sick & all this garden of Pleasure Swims like a dream before my eyes but the sweet smelling fruit Revives me to new deaths I fade even like a water lilly In the suns heat till in the night on the couch of Enion I drink new life & feel the breath of sleeping Enion But in the morning she arises to avoid my Eyes Then my loins fade & in the house I sit me down & weep Chear up thy Countenance bright boy & go to Enion Tell her that Vala waits her in the shadows of her garden He went with timid steps & Enion like the ruddy morn When infant spring appears in swelling buds & opening flowers Behind her Veil withdraws so Enion turnd her modest head But Tharmas spoke Vala seeks thee sweet Enion in the shades Follow the steps of Tharmas O thou brightness of the gardens He took her hand reluctant she followd in infant doubts Thus in Eternal Childhood straying among Valas flocks In infant sorrow & joy alternate Enion & Tharmas playd Round Vala in the Gardens of Vala & by her rivers margin They are the shadows of Tharmas & of Enion in Valas world And the sleepers who rested from their harvest work beheld these visions Thus were the sleepers entertaind upon the Couches of Beulah When Luvah & Vala were closd up in their world of shadowy forms Darkness was all beneath the heavens only a little light Such as glows out from sleeping spirits appeard in the deeps beneath As when the wind sweeps over a Corn field the noise of souls Thro all the immense borne down by Clouds swagging in autumnal heat Muttering along from heaven to heaven hoarse roll the human forms Beneath thick clouds dreadful lightnings burst & thunders roll Down pour the torrent Floods of heaven on all the human harvest Then Urizen sitting at his repose on beds in the bright South Cried Times are Ended he Exulted he arose in joy he exulted He pourd his light & all his Sons & daughters pourd their light To exhale the spirits of Luvah & Vala thro the atmosphere And Luvah & Vala saw the Light their spirits were Exhald In all their ancient innocence the floods depart the clouds Dissipate or sink into the Seas of Tharmas Luvah sat Above in the bright heavens in peace. the Spirits of Men beneath Cried out to be deliverd & the Spirit of Luvah wept Over the human harvest & over Vala the sweet wanderer In pain the human harvest wavd in horrible groans of woe PAGE 132 The Universal Groan went up the Eternal Man was Darkend Then Urizen arose & took his Sickle in his hand There is a brazen sickle & a scythe of iron hid Deep in the South guarded by a few solitary stars This sickle Urizen took the scythe his sons embracd And went forth & began to reap & all his joyful sons Reapd the wide Universe & bound in Sheaves a wondrous harvest"
|British Museum Watercolor Illustrations to Young's Night Thoughts|
The conflicts and tensions which had dominated the fallen condition of man were being brought to a close. They were relegated to areas of the mind appropriate to their function. They would no longer be projected outward where they were manifest in war, and cruelty, neglect and domination. Tharmas and Enion would display the panoply of their interactions in Luvah's and Vala's world called Beulah where contraries are equally true:
Milton, Plate 30 , (E 129)
"There is a place where Contrarieties are equally True
This place is called Beulah, It is a pleasant lovely Shadow
Where no dispute can come. Because of those who Sleep.
Into this place the Sons & Daughters of Ololon descended
With solemn mourning into Beulahs moony shades & hills
Weeping for Milton: mute wonder held the Daughters of Beulah
Enrapturd with affection sweet and mild benevolence
Beulah is evermore Created around Eternity; appearing To the Inhabitants of Eden, around them on all sides. But Beulah to its Inhabitants appears within each district As the beloved infant in his mothers bosom round incircled With arms of love & pity & sweet compassion. But to The Sons of Eden the moony habitations of Beulah, Are from Great Eternity a mild & pleasant Rest.
And it is thus Created. Lo the Eternal Great Humanity To whom be Glory & Dominion Evermore Amen Walks among all his awful Family seen in every face As the breath of the Almighty. such are the words of man to man In the great Wars of Eternity, in fury of Poetic Inspiration, To build the Universe stupendous: Mental forms Creating But the Emanations trembled exceedingly, nor could they Live, because the life of Man was too exceeding unbounded His joy became terrible to them they trembled & wept Crying with one voice. Give us a habitation & a place In which we may be hidden under the shadow of wings For if we who are but for a time, & who pass away in winter Behold these wonders of Eternity we shall consume But you O our Fathers & Brothers, remain in Eternity But grant us a Temporal Habitation. do you speak To us; we will obey your words as you obey Jesus The Eternal who is blessed for ever & ever. Amen So spake the lovely Emanations; & there appeard a pleasant Mild Shadow above: beneath: & on all sides round, PLATE 31  Into this pleasant Shadow all the weak & weary Like Women & Children were taken away as on wings Of dovelike softness, & shadowy habitations prepared for them"Luvah and Vala, Tharmas and Enion had been granted rest from the severe contentions of Eternity.
Damon states on page 286 of A Blake Dictionary that "It is the function of the female to provide a moony space of refuge and rest for the male."
But no less important is the function of the Emanation in facilitating the interaction of Man with Man in Eternity.
Jerusalem, Plate 88, (E246)
"When in Eternity Man converses with Man they enter
Into each others Bosom (which are Universes of delight)
In mutual interchange. and first their Emanations meet
Surrounded by their Children. if they embrace & comingle
The Human Four-fold Forms mingle also in thunders of Intellect
But if the Emanations mingle not; with storms & agitations
Of earthquakes & consuming fires they roll apart in fear
For Man cannot unite with Man but by their Emanations
Which stand both Male & Female at the Gates of each Humanity"