|Plate 2 of MHH|
LC Rare books Rosenwald
|Library of Congress|
In Copy G the coloring is quite different than in this one.
(Also in Copy I.)
Look at the omnipresent tree in the right border of the
image. Two people (girls?) are climbing it. The upper one
holds with her left hand to a limb of the tree and reaches
down to the outstretched arm of the other one, standing on
the ground and holding on with her other arm wrapped
around the trunk of the tree.
In front of the upper girl's leg is an undetermined coiled up
shape with the same color as the girls. (What might that
be?) Might it be the serpent; the poisoned apple, the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil?
On the bottom border two naked figures are stretched out,
joined at the bottom of their feet. The one on the left rests
our head on her hand while the other one.
between the last three verses flying birds of various sizes
and colors fill the empty space.
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|Title page of|
Marriage of Heaven and Hell
from LocGov Rosenwal
All night within her womb The worm lay till it grew to a serpent With dolorous hissings & poisons Round Enitharmons loins folding, 6. Coild within Enitharmons womb The serpent grew casting its scales, With sharp pangs the hissings began To change to a grating cry, Many sorrows and dismal throes, Many forms of fish, bird & beast, Brought forth an Infant form Where was a worm before. 7. The Eternals their tent finished Alarm'd with these gloomy visions When Enitharmon groaning Produc'd a man Child to the light. 8. A shriek ran through Eternity
|Vison of the Last Judgmemt|
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serpent whose bulk naild to the Cross roud which he wreathes is falling into the Abyss Sin is also representd as a female bound in one of the Serpents folds surrounded by her fiends Death is Chaind to the Cross & Time falls together with death dragged down
Look also at this.
Every boil upon my body is a separate & deadly Sin. Doubt first assaild me, then Shame took possession of me Shame divides Families. Shame hath divided Albion in sunder! First fled my Sons, & then my Daughters, then my Wild Animations My Cattle next, last ev'n the Dog of my Gate. the Forests fled The Corn-fields, & the breathing Gardens outside separated The Sea; the Stars: the Sun: the Moon: drivn forth by my disease All is Eternal Death unless you can weave a chaste Body over an unchaste Mind! Vala! O that thou wert pure!"(Jerusalem Plate 21-2; Erdman 166)