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A Third Testament william blake 35 What is often overlooked nowadays is that Blake was also a Christian, even though he said and wrote things calculated to outrage and discon­ cert fellow Christians. For instance, priests and morality seemed to him the enemies, rather than the promoters, of true worship and virtue; and in Blake’s notion of the marriage of Heaven and Hell, angels and devils are liable to change places, and a Jehovah-like God seems the enemy, rather than the Father, of a beatific Jesus.

Blake’s marriage, as it happens, was not blessed with children; this must have been a sore disappointment to him, since, as his Songs of Innocence so enchantingly show, he understood children wonderfully and loved them dearly. Indeed, they crop up as themes throughout his work. Catherine’s love and devotion were wonderful and beautiful. ” Everyone who, like Blake, has a passion for goodness cannot but in some degree hate morality; just as lovers of freedom hate laws, and lov­ ers of truth hate dogma.

Give me that sort of A Third Testament st. augustine 11 man; he knows what I mean. But if I speak to a cold man, he just doesn’t know what I am talking about… You are surprised that the world is losing its grip? That the world is grown old? Don’t hold onto the old man, the world; don’t refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you: “The world is passing away; the world is losing its grip, the world is short of breath. ” Though no one has ever been more insistent on the need for purity, equally no one has ever been less of a Puritan in the pejorative sense.

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