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Book of Urizen, The (excerpts) Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 711

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CHAPTER 1



Lo, a shadow of horror is risen

In Eternity! Unknown, unprolific,

Self-clos'd, 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.



CHAPTER 2



Times on times he divided and measur'd

Space by space in his ninefold darkness,

Unseen, unknown; changes appear'd

Like desolate mountains, rifted furious

By the black winds of perturbation.



CHAPTER 3



For he strove in battles dire,

In unseen conflictions with shapes

Bred from his forsaken wilderness

Of beast, bird, fish, serpent and element,

Combustion, blast, vapour and cloud.



CHAPTER 4



Dark, revolving in silent activity:

Unseen in tormenting passions:

An activity unknown and horrible,

A self-contemplating shadow,

In enormous labours occupied.



CHAPTER 5



But Eternals beheld his vast forests;

Age on ages he lay, clos'd, unknown,

Brooding shut in the deep; all avoid

The petrific, abominable chaos.



6



His cold horrors silent, dark Urizen

Prepar'd; his ten thousands of thunders,

Rang'd in gloom'd array, stretch out across

The dread world; and the rolling of wheels,

As of swelling seas, sound in his clouds,

In his hills of stor'd snows, in his mountains

Of hail and ice; voices of terror

Are heard, like thunders of autumn

When the cloud blazes over the harvests.





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