October 13th, 2007
On the operation of Fire (plate 14, p166):
The ancient tradition that the world will be con
sumed in fire at the end of six thousand years
is true, as I have heard from Hell,
For the cherub with his flaming sword is
hereby commanded to leave his guard at tree of
life, and when he does, the whole creation will
be consumed, and appear infinite. and holy
whereas it now appears finite & corrupt.
This will come to pass by an improvement of
But first the notion that man has a body
distinct from his soul, is to be expunged; this
I shall do, by printing in the infernal method, by
corrosives, which in Hell are salutary and me-
-dicinal, melting apparent surfaces away, and
displaying the infinite which was hid,
If the doors of perception were cleansed
every thing would appear to man as it is, in-
For man has closed himself up, till he sees
all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.
More on the ‘doors of perception’ (plate 15, p168):
A Memorable Fancy
I was in a Printing house in Hell & saw the
method in which knowledge is transmitted from gene-
-ration to generation.
In the first chamber was a Dragon-Man, clear-
ing 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 & 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 & melting the metals into living fluids.
In the fifth chamber were Unnam’d forms, which
cast the metals into the expanse,
There they were reciev’d by Men who occupied
the sixth chamber, and took the forms of books &
were arranged in libraries.