Golgonooza? – Blake passages

List of Blake’s texts used in “Golgonoozà?” (Prepositions 41-44)

Note: Aside from the biographical sources, all references are to the electronic edition (2001) of David V. Erdman’s The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake, rev. ed., as found at the Blake Archive <http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/erdman.html>. Presumably LZ found all the Blake materials he used and quotes in “Golgonoozà?” in the four academic books that nominally were under review (see annotations Prep+ 43). When the reference below indicates the source as “from…,” this means that LZ has paraphrased or reworked Blake’s text.

Page 41
B. Come in! It’s only Adam and Eve, you know. I never stop for anything. (Alexander Gilchrist, Life of William Blake, Pictor Ignotus)
A vision of Milton . . . came to ask a favor of me. Said he had committed an error in Paradise Lost, which he wanted me to correct in a poem or picture. I declined. The error was that carnal pleasures arose from the Fall. The Fall could not produce any pleasure. (as reported by Crabb Robinson)
V. (helping himself to tea things) forests of solitude, cold floods of abstraction. (Visions of the Daughters of Albion, Plate 5, line 19)

Page 42
B. (looking towards Catherine) . . . every kindness to another is a little Death In the Divine Image; nor can Man exist but by Brotherhood (as V. anticipates). (Jerusalem, Plate 96, lines 27-28)
The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel dined with me . . . Ezekiel said: ‘. . . we of Israel taught that the Poetic Genius (as you now call it) was the first principle and all the others merely derivative . . . tributaries of the Poetic Genius. It was this King David desired so fervently and invokes so pathetically, saying by this he conquers enemies and governs kingdoms . . . From these opinions the vulgar came to think that all nations would at last be subject to the Jews.’ . . . I also asked Isaiah what made him go naked and barefoot three years. He answer’d: ‘The same that made our friend Diogenes, the Grecian.’ I then asked Ezekiel why he ate dung . . . He answer’d, ‘The desire of raising other men into a perception of the infinite: this the North American tribes practice, and is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification?’ (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 12)
Devils are False Religions. (Jerusalem, “To the Christians,” Plate 77)
V. Your genius or conscience was always’ honest, (from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 13)
casts off your idiot Questioner. (from Milton II, Plate 41 [48], line 12)
‘For the soft soul of America’ (Visions of the Daughters of Albion, Plate 1, line 3)
Sacks or baskets of soot of your chimney sweepers piling their coffins, and from our incinerators tons of the same on our heads. (from Songs of Innocence, “The Chimney Sweepers”)
‘Pity would be no more / If we did not make somebody poor.’ (Songs of Experience, “The Human Abstract”)
B. Want Matches?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Want Matches?
V. No! (An Island in the Moon, Chap. 9)
B. (solus) Like dreams of infants . . . the golden springs/Where Luvah doth renew his horses? . . . (The Book of Thel, Plate 1, line 10)
skull riven into filaments . . . eyes into sea jellies . . . (The Four Zoas, 3rd Night, Page 44, line 24)
I saw the Covering Cherub / Divide Four-fold into Four. Churches . . . Paul, Constantine, Charlemaine, Luther . . . (Milton, Plate 24 [26], lines 30-32)
B. Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth. Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps. (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 8, line 29, line 26)
V. (quoting B.) ‘Knowing and feeling that we all have need of butter . . . (Satiric Verses & Epigrams, “If Men will act like a maid smiling over a Churn”)
That the delicate ear in its infancy / May be dulled’ (The Song of Los, Plate 7, lines 5-6)

Page 43
B. Jellicoe . . . Johnny, Bob [Bet] and Joe— V. ‘Happy people’ (An Island in the Moon, Chap. 8)
It is not easy for Five Senses to explicate your fable of history in which life sneezes seven times before the eyes open— (from The Four Zoas, 8th Nights, Page 99, lines 11-12)
every child to hear (Songs of Innocence, “Introduction”)
B. Softly lilling flutes . . . Timbrels and violins sport . . . A moment equals a pulsation of the artery . . . a hard task of a life of sixty years. (Milton, Plate 24 [26], line 56; Plate 27 [29], line 11; Plate 29 [31], line 47; Plate 18 [20], line 14)
B. . . . sweet moony night . . . (Jerusalem, Plate 19, line 43)
B. While I, looking up to my umbrella,
Resolv’d to be a very contrary fellow,
Cry, looking quite from skumference to centre:
‘No one can finish so high as the original Inventor.’ (Satiric Verses & Epigrams, “Blakes apology for his Catalogue”)
B. . . . obstruction . . . without fluctuation adamant . . . (The Book of Los, Plate 4, lines 4-5)
Degrade first the Arts if you’d mankind degrade . . . Give high price for the worst, leave the best in disgrace . . . (Annotations to The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Title Page, “Advice of the Popes who succeeded the Age of Rafael”)
B. When you look at a picture you can always see
If a man of sense has painted he. (Satiric Verses & Epigrams, “When you look at a picture you always can see”)
No real style of colouring ever appears,
But advertising in the newspapers. (Satiric Verses & Epigrams, “No real Style of Colouring ever appears”)

Page 44
I rose up at the dawn of day—
‘Get thee away ! get thee away !
Pray’st thou for riches? Away ! away !
I have mental joy, and mental health,
And mental friends, and mental wealth;
I’ve a wife I love, and that loves me;
I’ve all but riches bodily. (Songs & Ballads, “I rose up at the dawn of day”)
V. (imagines he sees Mrs Blake smiling aimlessly in the sunlight and takes it for a sign to leave, sotto voce) ‘And none can tell how from so small a centre comes such sweet (Milton, Plate 31 [34], line47)
. . . The citizens of New York close their books . . . (America a Prophecy, Plate 14, line 13)