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Blake, William - I was in a Printing house in Hell and saw the method in which knowledge is transmitted

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006419

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Blake's "The Temptation and Fall of Eve"...

A description of the experience

William Blake – from The Complete Poems

I was in a Printing house in Hell and saw the method in which knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.

In the first chamber was a Dragon Man, clearing away the rubbish from a caves mouth; within, a number of Dragons were hollowing the cave.

In the second chamber was a Viper folding round the rock and the cave and others adorning it with gold silver and precious stones

In the third chamber was an Eagle with wings and feathers of air, he caused the inside of the cave to be infinite, around were numbers of Eagle like men, who built palaces in the immense cliffs

In the fourth chamber were Lions of flaming fire raging around and melting the metals into living fluids.

In the fifth chamber were Unnam’d forms, which cast the metals into the expanse

The source of the experience

Blake, William

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