minute particular [Suggested textual emendation to Jerusalem, 43:28]
Suggested textual emendation to Jerusalem, 43:28, Erdman (29 Keynes): “locks” to read “rocks”, on grounds both of consistency and of meaning. The text has established previously that Albion personifies a land, and the physical characteristics with which he is associated are fundamentally architectural and geographical, e.g., “the ancient porches of Albion are/ Darken’d! . . . Albions mountains run with blood . . . every Human perfection/Of mountain & river & city, are small & wither’d & darken’d” (5: 1-8). Moreover, 43:2 sets the scene amidst “Albions dark rocks,” and a sudden shift to “locks” seems not only improbable but also Inappropriate in that context.