The King awoke on his couch of gold As soon as he heard these tidings told ... Then he swore a great and solemn Oath: "To kill the people I am loth, "But if they rebel, they must go to hell: "They shall have a Priest and a passing bell." Then old Nobodaddy aloft Farted and belch'd and cough'd, And said, "I love hanging and drawing and quartering "Every bit as well as war and slaughtering. "Damn praying and singing "Unless they will bring in "The blood of ten thousand by fighting or swinging."
To the Accuser, who is The God of this World ... Tho' thou art Worship'd by the Names Divine Of Jesus and Jehovah, thou art still The Son of Morn1 in weary Night's decline, The Lost Traveller's1 Dream under the Hill.
Each man is in his Spectre's power Until the arrival of that Hour When his Humanity awake And cast his Spectre into the lake.
Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o'er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, wooly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I'll tell thee, Little Lamb, I'll tell thee: He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild; He became a little child. I a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by his name. Little Lamb, God bless thee! Little Lamb, God bless thee!
And as their eye and ear shrunk,
the heavens shrunk away:
The Divine Vision became
First a burning flame (Moses),
then a column Of fire [the Exodus],
then an awful fiery wheel surrounding
earth and heaven [Ezekiel],
And then a globe of blood wandering distant
in an unknown night [false Christianity].
"That they all may be one, as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one is us."
Then those in Great Eternity met in the Council of God ... As One Man all the Universal family; and that One Man They call Jesus the Christ, and they in him and he in them Live in Perfect harmony, in Eden the land of life. (The Four Zoas [Nt 1], 21.1-6; E310)
Daughter of Beulah, Sing, His fall into Division and his Resurrection to Unity: His fall into the Generation of decay and death, and his Regeneration by the Resurrection from the dead.
I am not a God afar off, I am a brother and friend; Within your bosoms I reside, and you reside in me: Lo! we are One, forgiving all Evil, Not seeking recompense. Ye are my members....
He who would see the Divinity must see him in his Children, One first, in friendship and love, then a Divine Family, and in midst Jesus will appear.... But General Forms have their vitality in Particulars, and every Particular is a Man, a Divine Member of the Divine Jesus.
And Los and Enitharmon builded Jerusalem, weeping Over the Sepulcher and over the Crucified body Which, to their Phantom Eyes, appear'd still in the Sepulcher; But Jesus stood beside them in the spirit.... (FZ9-117.1-4; E386|)
If Jesus Christ is the greatest man, you ought to love him in the greatest degree; now hear how he has given his sanction to the law of the ten commandments: did he not mock at the sabbath, and so mock the sabbath's God? murder those who were murder'd because of him? turn away the law from the woman taken in adultery? steal the labor of others to support him? bear false witness when he omitted making a defence before Pilate? covet when he pray'd for his disciples, and when he bid them shake off the dust of their feet against such as refused to lodge them? I tell you, no virtue can exist without breaking these ten commandments. Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules.
Jesus said: "Wouldest thou love one who never died For thee, or ever die for one who had not died for thee? And if God dieth not for Man and giveth not himself Eternally for Man, Man could not exist; for Man is Love As God is Love; every kindness to another is a little Death In the Divine Image, nor can Man exist but by Brotherhood. (Jerusalem, 96.23ff; E256)Freedom from materialism and from the law are the philosophic and moral coloring which Blake gave to his portrait of Jesus the One. In this way he accomodated his new vision of God to his existing value structure.
There is not one Moral Virtue that Jesus Inculcated but Plato and Cicero did Inculcate before him; what then did Christ Inculcate? Forgiveness of Sins. This alone is the Gospel, and this is the Life and Immortality brought to light by Jesus, Even the Covenant of Jehovah, which is This: If you forgive one another your Trespasses, so shall Jehovah forgive you, That he himself may dwell among you; but if you Avenge, you Murder the Divine Image, and he cannot dwell among you; because you Murder him he arises again, and you deny that he is Arisen, and are blind to Spirit. (Textual note for EG; E875)