Fools Paradise: Libretto  

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Selections from the Proverbs of Hell
from William Blake's illuminated book "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"

In linear order over the virtual landscape, with symbolic key. The twelve symbolic keys encode underlying structural aspects of the composition.

0 - Eternity is in love with the productions of time. (coin)
1 - The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands & feet Proportion. (seed)
2 - The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction (labys)
3 - He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. (cup)
4 - If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise (mitre)
5 - He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence. (lotus)
6 - The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. (stone)
7 - When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius. lift up thy head! (star)
8 - The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. (flame)
9 - The eagle never lost so much time, as when he submitted to learn of the crow. (lune)
10 - The crow wish'd every thing was black, the owl, that every thing was white. (tablet)
11 - As the catterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys. (droplet)
12 - Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity. (lotus)
13 - Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth. (cup)
14 - Opposition is true Friendship. (stone)
15 - To create a little flower is the labour of ages. (coin)
16 - The soul of sweet delight. can never be defil'd, (seed)
17 - If the lion was advised by the fox. he would be cunning. (lune)
18 - The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. (flame)
19 - If others had not been foolish. we should be so. (mitre)
20 - The cistern contains: the fountain overflows (star)
21 - The fox provides for himself. but God provides for the lion. (droplet)
22 - What is now proved was once, only imagin'd. (tablet)
23 - Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead. (labys)
24 - The fox condemns the trap, not himself. (labys)
25 - One thought. fills immensity. (coin)
26 - The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. (flame)
27 - Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. (star)
28 - Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth. (tablet)
29 - Listen to the fools reproach! it is a kingly title! (mitre)
30 - One Law for the Lion & Ox is Oppression (droplet)
31 - The best wine is the oldest. the best water the newest. (stone)
32 - Expect poison from the standing water. (lune)
33 - Exuberance is Beauty. (seed)
34 - Damn. braces: Bless relaxes. (cup)
35 - Enough! or Too much (lotus)
36 - In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. (stone)
37 - Prayers plow not! Praises reap not! (cup)
38 - Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believ'd. (tablet)
39 - Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion. (droplet)
40 - The weak in courage is strong in cunning. (lune)
41 - The nakedness of woman is the work of God. (flame)
42 - The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword. are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man. (coin)
43 - The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. (lotus)
44 - The eyes of fire, the nostrils of air, the mouth of water, the beard of earth. (seed)
45 - The cut worm forgives the plow. (labys)
46 - A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. (mitre)
47 - No bird soars too high. if he soars with his own wings. (star)