Front Page Titles (by Subject) PLATE I. Thus did Job continually. - Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job
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PLATE I. “ Thus did Job continually. ” - William Blake, Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job 
Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job. With Descriptive Letterpress, and A Sketch of the Artist’s Life and Works. By Charles Eliot Norton (Boston: James R. Osgood and Co., 1875).
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“Thus did Job continually.”
The patriarch Job, with his kneeling family around him, is seen worshipping under a mighty oak, on which instruments of music are suspended. The household are surrounded by feeding and reposing flocks as far as the distant homestead, in a landscape glorified by setting sun, crescent moon, and evening star. The sun is almost sunk. “Thus did Job continually,” is the motto of the design. Beneath is an altar from which rises a triple flame: on the front of the altar is inscribed, “The letter killeth, the spirit giveth life. It is spiritually discerned,”—as if Blake had in mind to suggest that Job’s prayers and burnt-offerings, in the days of his prosperity, were, after all, but the propitiatory and selfish sacrifices of the law.