William Blake (Symons) Part II Records from contemporary sources (I.) Extracts from the Diary, Letters, and Reminiscences of Henry Crabb Robinson
Milton's Ode Written on the Morning of Christ's Nativity
The Overthrow of Apollo and the Pagan Gods
Illustrations to the Book of Job
Butts set, Plate 14
When the Morning Stars Sang Together
Illustrations to Milton's L'Allegro
The Sun at His Eastern Gate
Illustrations to Milton's Il Penseroso
The Youthful Poet's Dream
The Sun in His Wrath
Copy D, Plate 47
Encounter with Los as Spiritual Sun
In Blake's system there were two suns: the physical or natural sun identified with Urizen, and the spiritual sun identified with Los. The sun god of the Greeks, Apollo, was synonymous with the physical sun.
In his Illustrations to Milton's Ode Written on the Eve of Christ's Nativity, Blake pictured Apollo as one of the ancient Gods deposed by the advent of Christ. With the birth of Christ, man's understanding of the light of the world is transferred from the material object which Apollo transported across the celestial realm each day, to the greater light which illumines man from within.
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."