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 …

The Sun

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Lamb

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed, By the stream and …

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 …

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 …

The Blossom

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

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 …

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 …

London

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

Laughing Song

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

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 …

Infant Sorrow

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

Infant Joy

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

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 …

Human Abstract

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 Divine Image

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

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 …

Eternity

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