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Monday, February 9, 2009

William Blake: The Book of Urizen

In the complex mythology of William Blake, Urizen is the embodiment of conventional reason and law....

Urizen is a So Smart.

William Blake: The Book of Urizen
Music: "Giants Orbiting"~ Iain Bellamy

Self-closd, all-repelling: what Demon
Hath form'd this abominable void
This soul-shudd'ring vacuum?--Some said
"It is Urizen", But unknown, abstracted
Brooding secret, the dark power hid.

Times on times he divided, & measur'd
Space by space in his ninefold darkness
Unseen, unknown! changes appeard
In his desolate mountains rifted furious
By the black winds of perturbation

For he strove in battles dire
In unseen conflictions with shapes
Bred from his forsaken wilderness,
Of beast, bird, fish, serpent &element
Combustion, blast, vapour and cloud.

And Los round the dark globe of Urizen,
Kept watch for Eternals to confine,
The obscure separation alone;
For Eternity stood wide apart,
As the stars are apart from the earth

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