"Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires"



This is a line from the Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a prose work by William Blake, set out in the form of biblical texts. The work can be viewed it as a satire on religious practice and belief systems and turns traditional ideas about heaven and hell and God and Lucifer on their head. Like the rest of Blake's works it was completed using relief etching or illuminated manuscipts and the texts were written on copper plates.


William Blake began work on a set of illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy in 1826, but died the following year, before they could be completed.