But the ties which bind the system must be in communication. Blake postulates that the Spiritual Force never rests but is always reaching out to draw together the scattered pieces. Blake uses 'Gates' as an image to suggest that man must be prepared to receive communication. Blake specifies a particular gate through which the communication between man and God passes. This he names the Gate of Los. Furthermore Blake develops a metaphor for the movement of communication or messages which pass through the Gate of Los: messages are carried by 'Larks' from the human perspective or 'Angels' from the divine.
When Blake illustrated Milton's poem L'Allegro he choose to enhance these four lines with an illustration:
The arrival of the Lark or angel announces an awakening. Night is
dispelled with a message to man (or to Earth) which comes in the
form of a dawning. Earth has become receptive to communication
from the Eternal dimension and has responded by passing the
message on to receptive ears.
"To hear the Lark begin his flight And singing startle the dull Night From his Watch Tower in the Skies Till the dappled Dawn does rise" Blake added this explanatory note to clarify his illustration: "The Lark is an Angel on the Wing Dull Night starts from his Watch Tower on a Cloud. The Dawn with her dappled Horses arises above the Earth The Earth beneath awakes at the Larks Voice"
Illustrations to Milton's L'Allegro
Night Startled by the Lark
God's communications to us comes in such a way: an awakening to a possibility which had previously been concealed. Messages from God to man are not rare. Any time man seeks an opening in the surrounding wall he has constructed around himself in order to remain separated, the Lark can find the Gate of Los and arrive with a new dawning.
Milton, Plate 31 , (E 130) "Thou hearest the Nightingale begin the Song of Spring; The Lark sitting upon his earthy bed: just as the morn Appears; listens silent; then springing from the waving Corn-field! loud He leads the Choir of Day! trill, trill, trill, trill, Mounting upon the wings of light into the Great Expanse: Reecchoing against the lovely blue & shining heavenly Shell: His little throat labours with inspiration; every feather On throat & breast & wings vibrates with the effluence Divine All Nature listens silent to him & the awful Sun Stands still upon the Mountain looking on this little Bird With eyes of soft humility, & wonder love & awe. Then loud from their green covert all the Birds begin their Song The Thrush, the Linnet & the Goldfinch, Robin & the Wren Awake the Sun from his sweet reverie upon the Mountain: The Nightingale again assays his song, & thro the day, And thro the night warbles luxuriant; every Bird of Song Attending his loud harmony with admiration & love. This is a Vision of the lamentation of Beulah over Ololon!" Milton, Plate 35 , (E 136) "Beside the Fount above the Larks nest in Golgonooza Luvah slept here in death & here is Luvahs empty Tomb Ololon sat beside this Fountain on the Rock of Odours. Just at the place to where the Lark mounts, is a Crystal Gate It is the enterance of the First Heaven named Luther: for The Lark is Los's Messenger thro the Twenty-seven Churches That the Seven Eyes of God who walk even to Satans Seat Thro all the Twenty-seven Heavens may not slumber nor sleep But the Larks Nest is at the Gate of Los, at the eastern Gate of wide Golgonooza & the Lark is Los's Messenger"