Front Page Titles (by Subject) PLATE VIII. Let the Day perish wherein I was born - Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job
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PLATE VIII. “ Let the Day perish wherein I was born ” - 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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“Let the Day perish wherein I was born”
Job, with uplifted hands, curses the day wherein he was born; his wife on one side, his friends on the other, kneeling upon the ground with bowed heads. The sun is obscured by clouds of smoke. Here, as in many of the designs, structures of heavy architecture, and dark, bare mountains, seem to indicate the weight of his afflictions and the solitariness of his soul.