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Preface to The Works of William Blake: Poetic, Symbolic, and Criticalby Edwin J. A paraphrase Blake closes his eyes in elation given of most of the more difficult poems, but no single thread of interpretation can fully guide the explorer through the intricate paths of a symbolism where most of the figures of speech have a two-fold meaning, and some are employed systematically in a three-fold, or even a four-fold sense.

An explanation, continuous throughout, if not complete for side issues, may be obtained from the enigma itself by the aid of ordinary industry.

Such an explanation forms, not perhaps the whole, but certainly the greater part, of the present volumes. Two principal causes have hitherto kept the critics, - among whom must be included Mr Swinburne himself, though he reigns as the one-eyed man of the proverb among the blind, - from attaining a knowledge of what Blake meant.

The first is the solidity of the myth, and its wonderful coherence. The second is the variety of terms in which the sections of it are named. Mr Swinburne, Mr Gilchrist, and the brothers, Dante and William Rossetti, deserve well of literature for having brought Blake into the Blake closes his eyes in elation of day and made his name known throughout the length and breadth of England.

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With regard to the use of synonyms, which must be understood before the Four Zoas can be traced through their different disguises, the earliest idea of this, as a mere guess, occurred to the editors whose name stands first on the present title-page, in the year In the later edition this challenge was withdrawn, probably under the impression that it had not been accepted.

The glove, however, had been quietly taken up.

It happened, however, that the idea was fated to be laid aside almost unused for many years. The maker of the lucky guess had only given a week or two of study, and barely succeeded in assuring himself that he was on the right track, when the course of destiny took him to Italy and kept him there, with only brief and busy visits to England and other countries, until a few years ago.

In the meantime the other editor had grown up, and become a student of mysticism. He came one day and asked to have Blake explained. Very little could be given him to satisfy so large a demand, but with his eye for symbolic systems, he needed no more to enable him to perceive that here was a myth Blake closes his eyes in elation well worth study Blake closes his eyes in elation any that has been offered to the world, since first men learned that myths were briefer and more beautiful than exposition as well as deeper and more companionable.

He saw, too, that it was no mere freak of an eccentric mind, but an eddy of that flood-tide of symbolism which attained its tide-mark in the magic of the Middle Ages.

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From that moment the collaboration which has produced the present work was begun, and it has gone on, notwithstanding some unforeseen and serious interruptions, for four years. The fellow labourers have not worked hand in hand, but rather have been like sportsmen who pursue the Blake closes his eyes in elation on different tracks and in the evening divide their spoils.

Each has learned in this way that the other was indispensable. The result is not two different views of Blake, so much as one view, reached by two opposite methods of study, worked out in order to satisfy two different forms of mental enjoyment.

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Except in connection with the Memoir, very little assistance was to be had from outside. A satisfactory and complete narrative has yet to be written, if all that is now known be set forth at its natural length.

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But this may well wait. Fresh material comes in from time to time, and now that readers are relieved of their discouraging inability to prove that they are not studying the life or works of a madman, it is probable that much will be done in the near future.

It would probably be able, not only to gather together new facts for the biography, but it might even find some of the lost books by Blake, printed and in manuscript. The Society could also take up the task of interpretation, and work out details, for which space has not been found in this book, large as it is.

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The only other European mystics worthy to stand by his side, Swedenborg and Boehme, were to a large extent sectaries, talking the language of the Churches, and delivering a message intended, before all else, for an age of dogma. As the language Blake closes his eyes in elation spiritual utterance ceases to be theological and becomes literary and poetical, the great truths have to be spoken afresh; and Blake came into the world to speak them, and to announce the new epoch in which poets and poetic thinkers should be once more, as they were in the days of the Hebrew Prophets, the Spiritual leaders of the race.

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The world in which he would have the poet, acting as a poet, seek leadership is the poetic world. That of ordinary conduct should be put on a lower level.

It belongs to Time, not to Eternity.

Nature, Blake closes his eyes in elation tells or rather he reminds us, is merely a name for one form of mental existence. Art is another and a higher form. But that art may rise to its true place, it must be set free from memory that binds it to Nature. Nature, - or creation, - is a result of the shrinkage of consciousness, - originally clairvoyant, - under the rule of the live senses, and of argument and law.

Consciousness is the result of the divided portions of Universal Mind obtaining reception of one another. Contraction divided into male and female, - mental and emotional egotism. Perpetual war is the result. In Imagination only we find a Human Faculty that touches nature at one side, and spirit on the other.

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Imagination may be described as that which is sent bringing spirit to nature, entering into nature, and seemingly losing its spirit, that nature being Blake closes his eyes in elation as symbol may lose the power to delude.

Imagination is thus the philosophic name of the Saviour, whose symbolic name is Christ, just as Nature is the philosophic name of Satan and Adam. The prophets and apostles, priests and missionaries, of this Redemption are, - or should be, - artists and poets. Art and poetry, by constantly using symbolism, continually remind us that nature itself is a symbol.

He uttered it with the zeal of a man, who saw with spiritual eyes the eternal importance of that which he proclaimed.

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He had a son James, I am told, by a previous wife or mistress, and this son took also the name of Blake, and in due course married, settled in London as a hosier, and became the father of five children, one of whom was the subject of this memoir. This family grew up among ideas less conventional than might be looked for in the house of a small shopkeeper.

The prophecies and visions of the new illumination were doubtless a very common subject of talk about the tea-table at night, and must have found ready welcome from William Blake. One prophecy certainly did sink into his mind. Swedenborg had said that the old world ended, and the new began, in the year From that day forward the old theologies were rolled up like a scroll, and the new Jerusalem came upon the earth. How often this prophecy concerning the year of his birth may have rung in the ears of William Blake we know not; but certainly it could hardly have done other than ring there, when his strange gift began to develop and fill the darkness with shadowy faces and the green meadows with phantom footsteps.

He must often have thought that so strange a faculty may well have come not wholly unannounced, that it was the first glimmer of the great new illumination. In later life he called the seeing of visions being in Eden; and in his system Eden came again when the old theology passed away. The profound sanity of his inspiration is proved by his never having, no matter how great the contrast [xii] between himself and the blind men and women about him, pronounced himself to be chosen and set apart alone among men.

Wiser than Swedenborg, he saw Blake closes his eyes in elation he had but what all men might have if they would, and that God spoke through him but as He had Blake closes his eyes in elation through the great men of all ages and countries. Another authority tells how he strayed later on into the fields at Peckham Rye, and passed a tree full of angels, their bright wings shining among the boughs.