'the swarm that in the noontide beam were born,' feeling in ourselves the power to direct, this way or that, the forces of Nature--of Nature, of which we form so trivial a part--shall we, in our boundless arrogance, in our pitiful conceit, deny that power to the Ancient of Days
? Saying, to our Creator, 'Thus far and no further.
The front door opened slowly, to show the hound, his nose white with milk, in charge of an ancient of days
clad in a blue linen ephod curiously gathered on breast and shoulders.
22 Until the Ancient of days
came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
In the Similitudes of Enoch, which is a text that's very clearly based on the vision of Daniel, there's a figure called the Son of Man who appears with the Ancient of Days
, like in Daniel.
The Ancient of Days
from the Aramaic "Atik Yomi," and Blake's God figure with compass, harken back to Milton's Paradise Lost, and is a "nous" figure whose job it is to establish mathematical order and stability to keep us from nihilism.
Having begun with a religious vocabulary--"Ancient of Days
," "friend," "believes"--the poem returns at the end to religiously charged words and phrases such as "bead of clear oil," "Healer," and "tear," a vocabulary that in Wright's via negativa summons a divine presence under erasure.
DRAMATIC Ancient of Days
, Blake's most famous work of art