[Milton-L] The sex of angels (and of Eternal Man)

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 01:00:58 EST 2014

A chorus line, or rather, 15 lines. Once in a while, it seems like
William Blake did not find Milton's angels to be boring . . .  did he,
maybe, secretly side with them? The second quotation is taken from
"Jerusalem," Plate 88:

To whom the Angel with a smile that glow'd
Celestial rosy red, Love's proper hue,
Answer'd. "Let it suffice thee that you know'st
Us happy, and without Love no happiness.
Whatever pure thou in the body enjoy'st
(And pure thou wert created) we enjoy
In eminence, and obstacle find none
Of membrane, joint, or limb, exclusive bars:
Easier than Air with Air, if Spirits embrace,
Total they mix, . . .

      When in Eternity Man converses with Man, they enter
      Into each other's Bosom (which are Universes of delight)
      In mutual interchange, and first their Emanations meet
      Surrounded by their Children. If they embrace & comingle
      The Human Four-fold Forms mingle also in thunders of Intellect
      . . .


il Tassista / the Tasso Driver

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