A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual by Malcolm Muggeridge

By Malcolm Muggeridge

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Nor does it in the least surprise me that, for this very reason, he was in his time considered mad, and would today certainly be subjected to psychiatric treatment, with a view to drugging or psychoanalyzing and shocking him into what passes for sanity. The faculty whereby Blake saw into the reality of things he called Imagination, and this is what he remained true to, from the beginning to the end, despite neglect, failure, penury, and other earthly ills that might well have deflected him from his central purpose.

Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Blake returned to London, more than ever feeling that he was an Ish­ mael, as he put it, born with a different face. Misfortunes, often brought on by his own odd disposition and whimsical ways, multiplied, and made him at times feel that he was the particular target of the world’s buffetings. Yet he managed to avoid the self-pity to which his contem­ porary Rousseau was so given. Rather, Blake saw himself as Job, who would be the subject of one of his greatest masterpieces.

His conclusions have lost none of their force in the light of whatever has been invented, concluded and speculated upon in the subsequent fifteen centuries: The centuries of past history would have rolled by like empty jars if Christ had not been foretold by them… These were the two motives which drove the Romans to their wonderful achievements: liberty, and the passion for the praise of men… What else was there for them to love save glory? For, through glory, they desired to have a kind of life after death on the lips of those who praised them… The Heavenly City outshines Rome, beyond compar-ison.

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