Although they may become more and more obscure and tenuous the farther he sinks into the meshes of maya, yet the threads are always there and they do not break. The compassion of the "'Daughters of Beulah'" endures, as does man's capacity for acceptance and assimilation.
The Epilogue is addressed to the Accuser, Satan:
To The Accuser who is
The God of This World.
The Epilogue reads (first stanza):
Truly My Satan thou art but a Dunce
And dost not know the Garment from the Man
Every Harlot was a Virgin once
Nor canst thou ever change Kate into Nan.
The individual, says Blake, is not the same as the state in which he is. Man passes through states, in the course of experience, as he puts on or changes his clothes.1 The Accuser who holds him responsible to a moral law is the God of society, of This World. This may be necessary for society and these laws may be in order from the point of view of social organization, but from the point of view of the individual this affords no help and it offers him no solution. The individual has to realize that the forces of life, whether they manifest as good or evil, eternally endure. His realization must transcend This World with its moral codes and ideals.
The Epilogue concludes (second stanza):
Tho' thou art Worship'd by the Names Divine
Of Jesus & Jehovah: thou art still
The Son of Morn in weary Night's decline
The lost Traveller's Dream under the Hill.
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Publication information: Book title: Symbol and Image in William Blake. Contributors: George Wingfield Digby - Author. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1957. Page number: 52.