‘To the Christians’—The Great Awakening

Susanne M. Sklar

in Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731594 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

‘To the Christians’—The Great Awakening

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The depredations of Selfhood can be overcome. Jerusalem melds wrath with love, confronting shadowy Vala (1) whose daughters weave death (2). As Los sings Jerusalem appears tri‐locational, grieving and exhausted — while emanating from Albion and descending from heaven (3). But sexual contentions obstruct Los' work (4), and Vala thrusts her cup of wrath upon Jerusalem who is devoured by the dragon to rise again. Los keeps building, freeing himself from gender disputes (5). Then time ends, Albion awakens, and sees that Los and Jesus coinhere. He throws himself into furnaces which become living water — as all things interrelate, sensual and rejoicing, in forgiveness of sins. No one is damned (6).

Keywords: Albion; awakening; Christian; coinhere; dragon; forgiveness; furnaces; Los; love; Jerusalem; time

Chapter.  13383 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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