Anatomy of Melancholy, 177-181: Pt. I, Sec. II, Mem. I, Subs. I – Causes of Melancholy. God a Cause

A of M 175 Nebuchudazzer

Do you suspect that you suffer from melancholy? Have you recently offended God? Well, it is just possible that He cursed you. In which case, I guess you need to cancel that appointment with your therapist and pray or something instead.

You know who else God cursed with sadness? Nebuchadnezzar:

That God Himself is a cause for the punishment of sin, and satisfaction of His justice, many examples of and testimonies of holy Scripture make evident unto us… Nebuchadnezzar did eat grass like an ox, and his “heart was made like the beasts of the field.”

God is such a jerk. Apparently he cursed a lot of people for a lot of things with a lot of things, mostly blindness, sometimes death. Some guy named Lord Radnor let his dogs sleep in a church, and God made them all blind and mad. For crying out loud, God. There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

William Blake did a super famous monotype print of Nebuchadnezzar, because really how can you not draw Nebuchadnezzar? So I made this copy, I mean homage, or something, because Blake is my favorite inspiration #1.

Life is, once again, overflowing with too much to do. So please bear with me as I post less often through the holidays.


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.

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