Cortana Letters: other (new?) lines from Blake
Posted By: ibshimo2Date: 8/22/06 2:35 a.m.

Yesterday I actually read through William Blake's 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell', and I found three lines from the poem that are used in the Cortana Letters. To my surprise, when I checked the MSP page on the Cortana Letters, these lines were not listed (just 'enjoyments of genius' and 'devil folded in black clouds'. I thought I would post them, just in case, in fact, unbelievably, no one has mentioned this before, in the se7en years since these letters came out. Apologies if this has been discussed before.

The three lines:

'Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.'

'The Giants who formed this world into its sensual existence and now seem to live in it in chains, are in truth the causes of its life & the sources of all activity,...'

'...beneath us at an immense distance, was the sun, black but shining; round it were fiery tracks on which revolv'd vast spiders,...'

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