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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,516 Points Kinyua Karanja (6/19/2015 5:34:00 AM)

    Introduction was one of the greatest i have ever read but i was lost as i went down. It has one of the best symbolic language and hard to understand what is going on. It's too long for me. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,914 Points Musfiq Us Shaleheen (5/5/2015 11:00:00 PM)

    Ah! that's great! ! vivid imagery those reflect from small to large,
    Earth to Heaven ... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,458 Points Toby Moses (5/5/2015 1:50:00 AM)

    Seems I had never read a poem since i was birthed.swsst! Yummy! Witty! . A prominent poet was missed.Sleep well, Brother Blake (Report) Reply

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Poems About Innocence

  1. 1. Auguries Of Innocence , William Blake
  2. 2. Innocence , Robert William Service
  3. 3. Holy Thursday (Innocence) , William Blake
  4. 4. Nurse's Song (Innocence) , William Blake
  5. 5. Holy Innocents , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  6. 6. Innocence , Patrick Kavanagh
  7. 7. Reeds Of Innocence , William Blake
  8. 8. Innocence , Thomas Traherne
  9. 9. The Shepherd , William Blake
  10. 10. Death Of An Innocent , Anonymous
  11. 11. The Nurse , Katharine Tynan
  12. 12. A Prayer For My Daughter , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. The Myth Of Innocence , Louise Gluck
  14. 14. Where Innocent Bright-Eyed Daisies Are , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  15. 15. The Holy Innocents , John Keble
  16. 16. The Innocent Thief , William Cowper
  17. 17. The Lovers Of The Poor , Gwendolyn Brooks
  18. 18. Innocent Heart , Mirza Ghalib
  19. 19. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  20. 20. Innocence , Linda Hogan
  21. 21. Innocence And Experience , Anne Stevenson
  22. 22. The Innocence Of Any Flesh Sleeping , Brian Patten
  23. 23. The Innocent Eye , Barry Tebb
  24. 24. . Walking Wounded , Mary Havran
  25. 25. Innocence , Mandi Ducroq
  26. 26. - A Little Flower - , Dmitriy Kokarev
  27. 27. Innocence Regained , hasmukh amathalal
  28. 28. Paradise Lost: Book 09 , John Milton
  29. 29. ~ Death Of Innocence~ , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  30. 30. Idylls Of The King: The Last Tournament .. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  31. 31. (c) 13 (Life/Philosophy) A Mind Rich In.. , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  32. 32. The Last Tournament , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  33. 33. The Death Of Parson Caldwell's Wife , Mercy Warren
  34. 34. Tannhauser , Emma Lazarus
  35. 35. The Cenci : A Tragedy In Five Acts , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  36. 36. My Innocence Killed Me , Courtney Steele
  37. 37. Gnarled , Lonnie Hicks
  38. 38. Ethos, Logos, Pathos , Gary Witt
  39. 39. Innocence , Joseph Tanner
  40. 40. Innocence Lost And Pain Gained. , Amy Kerswell
  41. 41. Loss Of Innocence , Casey Stewart
  42. 42. Maidenhood , Edith Nesbit
  43. 43. Innocence Lost , Dave Alan Walker
  44. 44. When Children Lose Their Innocence , Francis Duggan
  45. 45. My Life, My Worthless Life , Gary Witt
  46. 46. Innocence-Lost , Vidi Writes
  47. 47. Innocence Found , Cheryl Greear
  48. 48. Innocence Never Dies , C. P. Sharma
  49. 49. Innocence , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  50. 50. # Hug & Kisses # , Marvin Brato Sr
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