Treasure Island

Stephen Loomes

(21ST JUNE 1950 / SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)

Tribute To William Blake


The engraver from Broad Street
Would not kiss the feet
Of a creeping Jesus
When that spirit came
But dreamt of tigers in the night
Out of the narrow lane
Job himself came marching down
The sound of his feet
Resounding at a later time
From the visionary's metered walk.

Ah! but who could have seen
That his meaning would not dawn
Until his spirit free was born
At the engraver's solitary death
At every morn and every night
Misery turns to sweet delight.

Submitted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Edited: Saturday, May 25, 2013

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  • Shahzia Batool (7/4/2013 4:20:00 AM)

    This tribute keeps the essence of Blake, from his profession to his solitary death, and his metered walk as a visionary, as he intimated himself that the designs on which he was engaged were not from his own mind, but copied from grand works revealed to him in visions; and in the words of Allan Cunningham, that people knew that he was commanded to execute his performances by a celestial tongue...i am also the admirer of this sensitive poet who was conscious of even the minute suffering of God's tiny creatures, as the canvas of his universe is vast as well as so compact that whatever happens below on earth, affects the heavenly creatures:

    A skylark wounded in the wing
    A cherubim does cease to sing

    I must say Justice is done to Blake in this tribute! ! ! (Report) Reply

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