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EUROPE.

suggestion. She may be one of the "Fairies that lead the moon along the valley of Cherubim" (‎"Jerusalem," page 63, line 14) or conduct feminine emotion in sexual channels. It was part of Blake's original scheme to have published "Europe" always as a book dictated by a fairy, as the preface from Mr. Linnell's copy shows.

She is recognized as a feminine western figure, being the queen of waters, but is northern when viewed in contrast with the next.

Manatha Varcyon should be a sun fairy ; a feminine figure of sunrise clouds.

Leutha, luring bird of Eden, emanation of Palamabron and temptress of Satan (in "Milton," p. 10), is a feminine eastern figure (Palamabron is the Eastern, or Luvah-like, son of Los), symbolized by the perfumes of flowers that open at sunrise (as in "Milton").

Antamon the figure of the cloud, in the East.

Oothoon, the flame in the West.

Sotha and Tiralatha, fairies of the South — the eyes — whose horses are like black pupils.

And Orс himself — all are called to the "red light" of mortal love.

The cry is that of the Moon calling up her clouds, or Enitharmon her winged figures, or fairies.

The call is heard through the four points.

Urthona hears it through Ethinthus, for Los is "possessor of the moon."

Luvah, through Antamon and Leutha.

Tharmas, through Manatha Varcyon, and Oothoon.

Urizen, through Sotha and Tyralatha, but, it being night and Urizen not shining, these two eye-fairies dwell in " dreamful caves." The dream is that of "Single Vision and Newton's Sleep." (Compare the poem written to Mr. Butts from Felpham, published among the letters in Gilchrist, and in the Aldine edition.)

That is to say, the visionary spirits in the hour of the rule