A Cradle Song – William Blake

Sweet dreams form a shade, O’er my lovely infants head. Sweet dreams of pleasant streams, By happy silent moony beams Sweet sleep with soft down….

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The Sun

The sun descending in the west, The evening star does shine; The birds are silent in their nest, And I must seek for mine. The…

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The Wild Flower’s Song

As I wandered the forest, The green leaves among, I heard a Wild Flower Singing a song. “I slept in the earth In the silent…

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The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm That flies in the night, In the howling storm, Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy:…

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The Little Black Boy

My mother bore me in the southern wild, And I am black, but oh my soul is white! White as an angel is the English…

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The Lilly

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn, The humble sheep a threat’ning horn: While the Lily white shall in love delight, Nor a thorn nor…

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The Land Of Dreams

Awake, awake, my little boy! Thou wast thy mother’s only joy; Why dost thou weep in thy gentle sleep? Awake! thy father does thee keep….

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The Lamb

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed, By the stream and o’er the mead;…

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The Garden Of Love

I laid me down upon a bank, Where Love lay sleeping; I heard among the rushes dank Weeping, weeping. Then I went to the heath…

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The Fly

Little Fly, Thy summer’s play My thoughtless hand Has brushed away. Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like…

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The Blossom

Merry, merry sparrow! Under leaves so green A happy blossom Sees you, swift as arrow, Seek your cradle narrow, Near my bosom. Pretty, pretty robin!…

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Mad Song

The wild winds weep And the night is a-cold; Come hither, Sleep, And my griefs infold: But lo! the morning peeps Over the eastern steeps,…

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Love’s Secret

Never seek to tell thy love, Love that never told can be; For the gentle wind does move Silently, invisibly. I told my love, I…

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London

I wander through each chartered street, Near where the chartered Thames does flow, And mark in every face I meet, Marks of weakness, marks of…

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Laughing Song

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry…

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Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England’s pleasant pastures seen? And…

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Infant Sorrow

My mother groaned, my father wept, Into the dangerous world I leapt; Helpless, naked, piping loud, Like a fiend hid in a cloud. Struggling in…

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Infant Joy

“I have no name; I am but two days old.” What shall I call thee? “I happy am, Joy is my name.” Sweet joy befall…

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I Heard An Angel

I heard an Angel singing When the day was springing, “Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world’s release.” Thus he sung all day Over the new…

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Human Abstract

Pity would be no more, If we did not make somebody Poor; And Mercy no more could be, If all were as happy as we;…

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Holy Thirsday

‘Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean, Came children walking two and two, in read, and blue, and green: Grey-headed beadles walked before,…

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Earth’s Answer

Earth raised up her head From the darkness dread and drear, Her light fled, Stony, dread, And her locks covered with grey despair. “Prisoned on…

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Auguries Of Innocence

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And…

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A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my…

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A Little Girl Lost

Children of the future age, Reading this indignant page, Know that in a former time Love, sweet love, was thought a crime. In the age…

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A Little Boy Lost

“Nought loves another as itself, Nor venerates another so, Nor is it possible to thought A greater than itself to know. “And, father, how can…

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A Dream

Once a dream did weave a shade O’er my angel-guarded bed, That an emmet lost its way Where on grass methought I lay. Troubled, wildered,…

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A Divine Image

Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And secrecy the human dress. The human dress is forged…

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Brief Biography of William Blake

William Blake was a poet, artist, and visionary of eccentric genius. Blake was born in London to a family of at least modest comfort. He…

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Auguries of Innocence

Auguries of Innocence To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of…

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The Divine Image

The Divine Image To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy,…

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To see a world in a grain of sand (from Auguries of Innocence)

To see a world in a grain of sand (from Auguries of Innocence) To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven…

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Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem)

Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem) Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows, wake! expand! I am in…

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Of the Sleep of Ulro! and of the passage through (from Jerusalem)

Of the Sleep of Ulro! and of the passage through (from Jerusalem) Of the Sleep of Ulro! and of the passage through Eternal Death! and…

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Reader! of books! of heaven (from Jerusalem)

Reader! of books! of heaven (from Jerusalem) Reader! of books! of heaven, And of that God from whom Who in mysterious Sinais awful cave, To…

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Hear the voice of the Bard!

Hear the voice of the Bard! Hear the voice of the Bard! Who Present, Past, & Future, sees; Whose ears have heard The Holy Word…

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Trembling I sit day and night (from Jerusalem)

Trembling I sit day and night (from Jerusalem) Trembling I sit day and night, my friends are astonish’d at me. Yet they forgive my wanderings,…

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Eternity

Eternity He who binds himself a joy Does the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun…

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