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This is an illustration of the opening words of chapter 38 of the Book of Job. Blake quotes them in the main title of the print. The Lord appears and asks Job a series of questions, opening with 'Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?' The clockwise action of the Lord's appearance in the whirlwind permeates the whole of Blake's image. The trees in the bottom margin are bent low by the force of the wind, but, like Job in his adversity, they remain unbroken.

August 2004