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William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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Three Things to Remember


A Robin Redbreast in a cage,
Puts all Heaven in a rage.

A skylark wounded on the wing
Doth make a cherub cease to sing.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/5/2013 2:35:00 AM)

    No wonder, I now find
    Why hell is overpopulated now
    Love for fellow creatures hard to find
    And all our philosophies ring hollow........

    To all ye poets reading this, I welcome you to my page too for your comments please (Report) Reply

  • J-prof Kayode (11/5/2012 10:22:00 AM)

    nice poem i so much love it, , , , ''ab'' ab rhymtic, , , birds are described as something treasure in nature (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (11/5/2012 1:51:00 AM)

    So beautiful and tender in it's simplicity, in its defense of those fragile feathered, innocent creatures. Gave my heart a flutter (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (11/5/2011 12:29:00 AM)

    Harm to birds of beauty never brings joy to any! Wonderful message about the beauty of freedom metaphorically through birds in Nature by Blake is beautiful read and muse! (Report) Reply

  • Herman Chiu (11/6/2009 7:21:00 PM)

    What can I say - I absolutely love this style, and this poem was done particularly well. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (11/6/2009 1:48:00 PM)

    Three Things Not to Forget


    A ground up cow tastes like good fun
    when cooked and served upon a bun.

    Some strips of pig will make you beg
    for more beside a chicken egg.

    A turkey, well, is quite a beast
    carved up on one’s Thanksgiving feast. (Report) Reply

  • Andrea Alfani (11/6/2009 12:29:00 PM)

    Tre cose da ricordare


    Un pettirosso in una gabbia,
    Mette tutto il Paradiso nella rabbia.

    Un'allodola ferita sull'ala
    Non fa cessare di cantare un cherubino.

    Chiunque farà male al piccolo scricciolo
    Mai sarà amato dall'uomo.



    Translation by Andrea Alfani (Report) Reply

  • Tracy Owen (11/6/2009 11:19:00 AM)

    Six simple lines to help us remember how humanity works. No good can come of those who do ill. Very well done, complex enough not to insult the intelligent yet a good way of getting tweeners to understand a concept of life. (Report) Reply

  • Julie Funck (11/5/2008 8:34:00 PM)

    this poem points out just how important it is to value the simple things in life. Care for all things, treat them as the wonderful creations that they are. Only through seeing and acknowledging the inherent value of every living creature will we ever attain not only acceptance from man, but acceptance in the eyes of God the creator. (Report) Reply

  • Archie Langford (11/5/2008 2:44:00 AM)

    when I was 10 years old I hurt a robin I still havent forgiven myself
    and that was 70 years ago. (Report) Reply

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