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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Selections from ‘Milton’
[The Mundane Shell]
(Milton, f. 16, ll. 21–7.)

THE MUNDANE SHELL is a vast Concave Earth, an immense
Harden’d Shadow of all things upon our Vegetated Earth,
Enlarg’d into Dimension and deform’d into indefinite Space,
In Twenty-seven Heavens and all their Hells, with Chaos
And Ancient Night and Purgatory. It is a cavernous Earth        5
Of labyrinthine intricacy, twenty-seven folds of Opaqueness,
And finishes where the lark mounts.

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