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Illustration 5 to Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity": The Flight of Moloch

Date: ca. 1814-1816
Dimensions:
6 3/16 x 4 7/8 in. (15.7 x 12.4 cm.)
mount: 14 x 9 7/16 in. (35.5 x 24 cm.)
Medium: pen and watercolor
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed on the mount below the image in golden brown ink in a fine italic script are lines 205-212 of the poem. Signed in lower left or right: W Blake
Object Number: 000.18
Label Text:As with Apollo (illustration 4), the spirit of the devil-god Moloch departs from his statue. The followers of Moloch, like those with raised tambourines right and left, practiced child sacrifice, but now the intended victim springs Christ-like out of the flames below the statue. His sorrowing parents have do not yet see his salvation.