Monday, July 9, 2007

Proverbs of Hell

(I promise I'll be back to blogging shortly. Meantime, here's something less pretty to meditate on.)

Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.
The fox condemns the trap, not himself.
Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.
Let man wear the fell of the lion, woman the fleece of the sheep.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
The selfish smiling fool, & the sullen frowning fool, shall be both thought wise, that they may be a rod.
What is now proved was once, only imagin'd.
The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbit: watch the roots; the lion, the tyger, the horse, the elephant, watch the fruits.
The cistern contains; the fountain overflows.
One thought, fills immensity.
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth.
The eagle never lost so much time, as when he submitted to learn of the crow.

from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake, c. 1790. Go here to see the complete text.


Mary said...

Love me some Blake. I've printed this and stuck it on my fridge!

chayaruchama said...

Thanks for sharing an old friend, dusty but not forgotten...

helg said...

I have always been a Blake fun (his illustrations too!) and this only confirms my fandom. Thanks for reminding me.

BitterGrace said...

I never tire of Blake--so comforting in a perverse way.