WILLIAM BLAKE (POEMS)

William Blake (1757 - 1827)   was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books.

 

Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th century.

 

Misunderstanding shadowed his career as a writer and artist and it was left to later generations to recognize his importance.

 

Considered insane and largely disregarded by his peers, the visionary poet and engraver William Blake is now recognised among the greatest contributors to English literature and art.

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From Songs Of Innocence (1789)

THE LAMB

 

Little lamb, who made thee?

Does thou know who made thee,

Gave thee life, and bid thee feed

By the stream and o'er the mead;

Gave thee clothing of delight,

Softest clothing, woolly, bright;

Gave thee such a tender voice,

Making all the vales rejoice?

Little lamb, who made thee?

Does thou know who made thee?

 

Little lamb, I'll tell thee;

Little lamb, I'll tell thee:

He is called by thy name,

For He calls Himself a Lamb.

He is meek, and He is mild,

He became a little child.

I a child, and thou a lamb,

We are called by His name.

Little lamb, God bless thee!

Little lamb, God bless thee!

LOVES SECRET

 

NEVER seek to tell thy love  

Love that never told can be;

 

For the gentle wind doth move

Silently invisibly.

 

I told my love I told my love  

I told her all my heart  

Trembling cold in ghastly fears.

 

 Ah! she did depart!

 

Soon after she was gone from me  

A traveller came by  

Silently invisibly:

He took her with a sigh.

From Songs Of Experience  (1794)

THE TYGER

 

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand dare seize the fire?

 

And what shoulder and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And, when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what dread feet?

 

What the hammer? what the chain?

In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? what dread grasp

Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

 

When the stars threw down their spears,

And watered heaven with their tears,

Did He smile His work to see?

Did He who made the lamb make thee?

 

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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