WILLIAM BLAKE Exhibit : CHRISIS Church of Art From The Marriage of Heaven & Hell: All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors: 1. That Man has two real or existing principles, Viz: a Body & a Soul. 2.That Energy, call'd Evil, is alone from the Body, & that Reason, called Good, is alone from the Soul. 3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies. But the following Contraries to these are true: 1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that call'd Body is a portion of Soul discern'd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body, and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3. Energy is Eternal Delight.
I know of no other Christianity and of no other Gospel than the liberty both of body and mind to exercise the Divine Arts of Imagination. Imagination, the real & eternal World of which this Vegetable Universe is but a faint shadow, & in which we shall live in our Eternal or Imaginative Bodies when these Vegetable Mortal Bodies are no more.
From The Marriage of Heaven & Hell
The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could percieve. And particularly they studied the genius of each city & country, placing it under its mental diety; Til a system was formed, which took advantage of & enslav'd the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental dieties from their objects: thus began Priesthood. Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounc'd that the Gods had order'd such things.
Thus men forgot that All dieties reside within the human breast.
English Blake years of natural life: 1757-1827 William Blake Archive
CHRISIS Makes You Happy So You Ride All Night