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Blake, William - In deluge o’er the earth born man, then turned the fluxile eyes

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001920

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Blake's "Night Startled by the Lark"...

A description of the experience

William Blake – from The Complete Poems

In deluge o’er the earth born man, then turned the fluxile eyes
Into two stationery orbs, concentrating all things
The ever varying spiral ascents to the heavens of heavens
Were bended downward; and the nostrils golden gates shut
Turned outward, barred and petrified against the infinite
Thought changed the infinite to a serpent; that which pitieth,
To a devouring flame; and man fled from its face and hid
In forests of night; then all the eternal forests were divided
Into earths rolling in circles of space, that like an ocean rushed
And overwhelmed all except this finite wall of flesh
Then was the serpent temple formed, image of infinite
Shut up in finite revolutions and man became an Angel
Heaven a mighty circle turning; God a tyrant crowned

The source of the experience

Blake, William

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