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''The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity ... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.''William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. The Letters of William Blake, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1956).
''The Divine Vision still was seen,William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From Jerusalem. Fields from Islington to Marybone (Plate 27, l. 57-60). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
Still was the human form divine
Weeping in weak & mortal clay;
O Jesus, still the form was thine!''
''God keep me from the divinity of Yes and No ... the Yea Nay Creeping Jesus, from supposing Up and Down to be the same thing as all experimentalists must suppose.''William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Letter, April 12, 1827. The Letters of William Blake, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1956).
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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 Eternity in an hour.
A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill'd with doves & 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.
A Skylark wounded in the wing,
A Cherubim does cease to sing.
The Game Cock clipp'd and ...
Earth raised up her head
From the darkness dread and drear,
Her light fled,
And her locks covered with grey despair.
'Prisoned on watery shore,
Starry jealousy does keep my den
Cold and hoar;