A Dream Poem by William Blake

A Dream

Rating: 3.1


Once a dream did weave a shade
O'er my angel-guarded bed,
That an emmet lost its way
Where on grass methought I lay.

Troubled, wildered, and forlorn,
Dark, benighted, travel-worn,
Over many a tangle spray,
All heart-broke, I heard her say:

'Oh my children! do they cry,
Do they hear their father sigh?
Now they look abroad to see,
Now return and weep for me.'

Pitying, I dropped a tear:
But I saw a glow-worm near,
Who replied, 'What wailing wight
Calls the watchman of the night?

'I am set to light the ground,
While the beetle goes his round:
Follow now the beetle's hum;
Little wanderer, hie thee home! '

Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Topic(s) of this poem: dream
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Dennis Green 17 August 2011

Blake's ability to blend rhyme into the simple narrative is what gives his work so much power & beauty. It lodges inside the heart, making the human associations so compelling & profound.

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X X 22 February 2008

first of blakes poems i have read and im not dissapointed.

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Edowaye Omorogbe 08 March 2008

great job...................................................... that was really good

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Perfection Is Flawed 02 September 2005

It's a really beautiful poem, especially the way he wrote 'O'er my angel-guarded bed', and I found out that an emmet is actually an ant, so she was lost in such a big world, and probably felt quite hopeless.

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Blue angel Florida 20 August 2007

Old Language Amazing to read...

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Dr Dillip K Swain 08 August 2021

Troubled, wildered and forlorn... greatly expressed!

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Ratnakar Mandlik 21 June 2019

A mind blowing dream woven in an equally fantastic melody, rich in rhyme and rhythm.

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Sylvaonyema Uba 13 April 2018

I am set to light the ground While the beetle goes his round SYLVA- ONYEMA UBA

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Michael Rosen 21 March 2018

*slurp* *click* NOICE

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Moh. Ghufron Cholid 06 May 2015

in my a dream in my a dream world is large but Allah the best of the best wherever and whenever Junglorong, 6 May 2015

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