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William Blake (1757–1827). The Poetical Works. 1908.

Selections from ‘The Four Zoas’

[Introduction to Night the First]

Sometimes Called ‘Vala’
(MS. circa 1797–1804)

(Four Zoas, Night I, ll. 1–8)

THE SONG of the Agèd Mother, which shook the heavens with wrath,

Hearing the march of long-resounding, strong, heroic Verse,

Marshall’d in order for the day of Intellectual Battle.

Four Mighty Ones are in every Man: a perfect Unity

Cannot exist but from the Universal Brotherhood of Eden,

The Universal Man, to Whom be glory evermore Amen.

What are the Natures of those Living Creatures the Heavenly Father only

Knoweth: no Individual knoweth, nor can know in all Eternity.