THOUGHTS THURSDAY: English Classes… Christian Studies?

In my Romantics class, we’re studying the brilliant William Blake.

I say brilliant because each work of his that I read I am floored. There is heavy Biblical reference, Holy Spirit voicing and harrowing poetic accounts of the devil’s work. All in the 1700s, as God is and has always been and will always be.

Here is a short segment from his work that I get to dive into and write an essay on– the footnotes suggest we reference Isaiah 34 and 35. 

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 

(Engraved circa 1790)

The Argument
Rintrah roars, and shakes his fires in the burden’d air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep.
Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow,
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.

Then the perilous path was planted,
And a river and a spring
On every cliff and tomb,
And on the bleachèd bones
Red clay brought forth;
Till the villain left the paths of ease,
To walk in perilous paths, and drive
The just man into barren climes.
Now the sneaking serpent walks
In mild humility,
And the just man rages in the wilds
Where lions roam.
Rintrah roars, and shakes his fires in the burden’d air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep.
AS a new heaven is begun, and it is now thirty-three years since its advent, the Eternal Hell revives. And Io! Swedenborg is the Angel sitting at the tomb: his writings are the linen clothes folded up. Now is the dominion of Edom, and the return of Adam into Paradise. See Isaiah chap. xxxiv and xxxv

These Isaiah chapters are on God’s judgement and then redemption. 

And yes in the 1700s, the devil worked the same way. The same dead way.

Till the villain left the paths of ease, To walk in perilous paths, and drive. The just man into barren climes. Now the sneaking serpent walks In mild humility, and the just man rages in the wild where lions roam.

The devil wormed his way into the narrow path and sent Christ-centered beings “into the wild,” ever so quietly and often without identifying himself clearly.

I love these Thursdays because I spend a total of five hours studying various texts that are simply entrenched with Biblical implications. 

“The devil worming his way into the narrow path” is a common theme, certainly. And he does so in ways that blind us so often. 

In pride, in judging others, in lust, in condemning me to starving myself and convincing me that it’s good…

So Lord, save my soul. Direct my thoughts to worship and loving relationship. Fill me up so that what I desire is Kingdomly. May each of my days and every cavity of my”self” be filled up by your Spirit and that I may fall in love with you more and more deeply. Amen.

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Welcome! Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to own a blog, and I created this one to inspire others and help myself. I am a passionate twenty something-year old woman with a love of cooking, tap dancing, and meeting new people-- and of course, primarily an intention to die to my human self and seek God with my whole being. I will eat anything with peanut butter and love spontaneity. I aim to live life in submission to what Christ has for me. I'm currently studying Christian Theology and English at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

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