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Auguries Of Innocence - Poem by William Blake

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 arm'd for fight
Does the Rising Sun affright.
Every Wolf's & Lion's howl
Raises from Hell a Human Soul.
The wild deer, wand'ring here & there,
Keeps the Human Soul from Care.
The Lamb misus'd breeds public strife
And yet forgives the Butcher's Knife.
The Bat that flits at close of Eve
Has left the Brain that won't believe.
The Owl that calls upon the Night
Speaks the Unbeliever's fright.
He who shall hurt the little Wren
Shall never be belov'd by Men.
He who the Ox to wrath has mov'd
Shall never be by Woman lov'd.
The wanton Boy that kills the Fly
Shall feel the Spider's enmity.
He who torments the Chafer's sprite
Weaves a Bower in endless Night.
The Catterpillar on the Leaf
Repeats to thee thy Mother's grief.
Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly,
For the Last Judgement draweth nigh.
He who shall train the Horse to War
Shall never pass the Polar Bar.
The Beggar's Dog & Widow's Cat,
Feed them & thou wilt grow fat.
The Gnat that sings his Summer's song
Poison gets from Slander's tongue.
The poison of the Snake & Newt
Is the sweat of Envy's Foot.
The poison of the Honey Bee
Is the Artist's Jealousy.
The Prince's Robes & Beggars' Rags
Are Toadstools on the Miser's Bags.
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 & Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro' the World we safely go.
Joy & Woe are woven fine,
A Clothing for the Soul divine;
Under every grief & pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.
The Babe is more than swadling Bands;
Throughout all these Human Lands
Tools were made, & born were hands,
Every Farmer Understands.
Every Tear from Every Eye
Becomes a Babe in Eternity.
This is caught by Females bright
And return'd to its own delight.
The Bleat, the Bark, Bellow & Roar
Are Waves that Beat on Heaven's Shore.
The Babe that weeps the Rod beneath
Writes Revenge in realms of death.
The Beggar's Rags, fluttering in Air,
Does to Rags the Heavens tear.
The Soldier arm'd with Sword & Gun,
Palsied strikes the Summer's Sun.
The poor Man's Farthing is worth more
Than all the Gold on Afric's Shore.
One Mite wrung from the Labrer's hands
Shall buy & sell the Miser's lands:
Or, if protected from on high,
Does that whole Nation sell & buy.
He who mocks the Infant's Faith
Shall be mock'd in Age & Death.
He who shall teach the Child to Doubt
The rotting Grave shall ne'er get out.
He who respects the Infant's faith
Triumph's over Hell & Death.
The Child's Toys & the Old Man's Reasons
Are the Fruits of the Two seasons.
The Questioner, who sits so sly,
Shall never know how to Reply.
He who replies to words of Doubt
Doth put the Light of Knowledge out.
The Strongest Poison ever known
Came from Caesar's Laurel Crown.
Nought can deform the Human Race
Like the Armour's iron brace.
When Gold & Gems adorn the Plow
To peaceful Arts shall Envy Bow.
A Riddle or the Cricket's Cry
Is to Doubt a fit Reply.
The Emmet's Inch & Eagle's Mile
Make Lame Philosophy to smile.
He who Doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you Please.
If the Sun & Moon should doubt
They'd immediately Go out.
To be in a Passion you Good may do,
But no Good if a Passion is in you.
The Whore & Gambler, by the State
Licenc'd, build that Nation's Fate.
The Harlot's cry from Street to Street
Shall weave Old England's winding Sheet.
The Winner's Shout, the Loser's Curse,
Dance before dead England's Hearse.
Every Night & every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn & every Night
Some are Born to sweet Delight.
Some ar Born to sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night.
We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro' the Eye
Which was Born in a Night to Perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light.
God Appears & God is Light
To those poor Souls who dwell in the Night,
But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of day.


Comments about Auguries Of Innocence by William Blake

  • Rookie Samson Dawit Agegnehu (7/2/2016 3:03:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem. I think the beginning is especially nice! (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,139 Points Oduro Bright Amoh (4/6/2016 8:05:00 AM)

    The introduction of this poem has been ringing in my memory since the first time I read it in elementary school. This is a great introduction to a poem which springs alive by virtue of its imagery (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 64,043 Points * Sunprincess * (3/11/2016 11:28:00 PM)

    ................beautiful poem...the first stanza is amazing...and so is the line ★ God is Light (Report) Reply

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Poems About Innocence

  1. 1. Auguries Of Innocence , William Blake
  2. 2. Songs Of Innocence: Introduction , William Blake
  3. 3. Nurse's Song (Innocence) , William Blake
  4. 4. Innocence , Patrick Kavanagh
  5. 5. Holy Thursday (Innocence) , William Blake
  6. 6. Innocence , Thomas Traherne
  7. 7. The Innocence Of Any Flesh Sleeping , Brian Patten
  8. 8. ~ Death Of Innocence~ , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  9. 9. When Children Lose Their Innocence , Francis Duggan
  10. 10. The Innocence , Robert Creeley
  11. 11. Reeds Of Innocence , William Blake
  12. 12. Introduction To The Songs Of Innocence , William Blake
  13. 13. Innocence , Robert William Service
  14. 14. Innocence Lost And Pain Gained. , Amy Kerswell
  15. 15. Innocence , Mandi Ducroq
  16. 16. (c) 13 (Life/Philosophy) A Mind Rich In.. , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  17. 17. ^death Of Innocence , Adeline Foster
  18. 18. Innocence , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  19. 19. The Death Of Innocence , Cynthia BuhainBaello
  20. 20. Innocence Cruelly Drowned , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  21. 21. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *gloss Of Innocence*! ! ! .. , Dr subhendu kar
  22. 22. Innocence , Justin Reamer
  23. 23. The Age Of Innocence , Miroslava Odalovic
  24. 24. The Guilt Of Innocence... , Cosmic Dreamer
  25. 25. Innocence Is Affirmation Verification Of.. , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  26. 26. Innocence Lost , Dave Alan Walker
  27. 27. Oft Have I Read That Innocence Retreats , Thomas Parnell
  28. 28. Just To Show The Kids Today What Innocen.. , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  29. 29. Loss Of Innocence , Casey Stewart
  30. 30. Innocence And Desire (From,134 Picture P.. , Peter S. Quinn
  31. 31. Innocence Never Dies , C. P. Sharma
  32. 32. Shattered Innocence , Amy Kerswell
  33. 33. Auguries Of Innocence After William Blak.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  34. 34. Your Innocence , Naveed Akram
  35. 35. To Recapture That Innocence Of Loved Mis.. , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  36. 36. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *** Cry Of .. , Dr subhendu kar
  37. 37. The Night Has Its Innocence , Shalom Freedman
  38. 38. Naïve Innocence , Satish Verma
  39. 39. Innocence Of The Jews , gershon hepner
  40. 40. Treasure Innocence , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  41. 41. Laps Of Innocence , Miroslava Odalovic
  42. 42. Innocence Was Stolen , Tiffany Johnson
  43. 43. Your Innocence Sometimes Irritates Him , RIC S. BASTASA
  44. 44. Innocence , Paul Butters
  45. 45. Loving Innocence , lalitha iyer
  46. 46. God's Innocence , Sathya Narayana
  47. 47. I Am, Innocence, Lost In A Mule, Named, .. , Is It Poetry
  48. 48. Something Of Innocence Was Lost , Gert Strydom
  49. 49. Innocence Is Trusted , Naveed Akram
  50. 50. Innocence Regained , Hasmukh Amathalal
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