Universal Brotherhood of Eden

Preposterous name.  Sexist, misogynistic, and completely un-universal if there is such a term. Blake half understood it when he wrote of the Four Zoa’s:

Four Mighty Ones are in every Man: a perfect Unity

Cannot exist but from the Universal Brotherhood of Eden,

The Universal Man, to Whom be glory evermore. Amen.

What are the Natures of those Living Creatures the Heavenly Father only

Knoweth: no Individual knoweth, nor can know in all Eternity

I suspect Elijah sees himself as Albion, the Universal Man who stands astride his own Eden as depicted as a landed English estate (blame Stephen for the imagery.  For our first Christmas together he gave me the complete works of William Blake. My father preferred Dante).  He even has the tweeds.  Mind, as pretty as our corner of Northumberland is and despite the abundance of apple trees, I’m not sure it is quite an Eden.  There are those that would argue. Stephen likes to argue, particularly about Brotherhood doctrine and history.  I understood very quickly why he and my father had been such fast friends; their main difference being that my father would have taken the time as a scholar to explain things patiently to me.  Stephen just gives me a Dewey Decimal number and sends me to the library.


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