Saturday, 20 December 2014

William Blake "To See a World..."

This is one of my favourite poems, by William Blake.

(Fragments from "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 Eternity in an hour. 

 A Robin Redbreast in a Cage 
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
 A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons 
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
 A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate 
Predicts the ruin of the State. 
A Horse misus’d upon the Road 
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
 Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear. 

 He who shall train the Horse to War 
Shall never pass the Polar Bar. 
The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat, 
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.
 The Gnat that sings his Summer song 
 Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.
 The poison of the Snake and Newt 
Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot. 

 A truth that’s told with bad intent 
Beats all the Lies you can invent. 
It is right it should be so; 
Man was made for Joy and Woe; 
And when this we rightly know 
Thro’ the World we safely go.

 Every Night and every Morn 
Some to Misery are Born.
 Every Morn and every Night 
Some are Born to sweet delight.
 Some are Born to sweet delight, 
Some are Born to Endless Night.

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