SS: “Revisiting Mamre”: The Stranger in the Three Abrahamic Faiths

William Blake

Review – William Blake on Self and Soul
by Laura Quinney
Harvard University Press, 2010

William Blake in “A Memorable Fancy” writes,:

The prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel dined with me, and I  asked them how they dared  so roundly  to assert  that God  spoke  to them; and whether they did not think at the time that they would not be misunderstood,  and so be the cause of  imposition.

Isaiah answered: “I saw no God, nor heard any,  in a  finite organical perception; but my senses discovered  the  infinite in everything, and as I was then persuaded,  and remain  confirmed,  that the voice of honest indignation  is the voice of God, I cared  not for consequences  but wrote.”

Then I  asked:  “Does a  firm persuasion  that a  thing is so, make it so?”

He replied:  “All poets believe that it does, and in ages of imagination this firm persuasion  removed mountains; but many are not capable of a firm  persuasion  in anything.”