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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

  • Bronze Star - 2,412 Points Henry Tong (1/25/2018 9:11:00 AM)

    If you observe an infinitesimal detail, you would harvest the whole picture. Nowadays people need to stop and observe the truth instead of indulging themselves into confusion. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 71 Points Val Andrews (12/28/2017 11:48:00 AM)

    A poem of immense craft and structure. It's complexity ensures, I will have to read it many many times to gleam some profound understanding. On a superficial level it carries a powerful, simple, insightful message. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,602 Points Bjpafa Meragente (7/19/2017 5:24:00 PM)

    Forgive me for time is not understood, all my comments, in accordance to my demand, live in a moment that never arrives. It is not pride, is the great divide. Blake is great. First comment. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Innocence

  1. 1. Auguries Of Innocence , William Blake
  2. 2. Nurse's Song (Innocence) , William Blake
  3. 3. Innocence , Mandi Ducroq
  4. 4. Innocence , Patrick Kavanagh
  5. 5. Songs Of Innocence: Introduction , William Blake
  6. 6. Holy Thursday (Innocence) , William Blake
  7. 7. Introduction To The Songs Of Innocence , William Blake
  8. 8. The Innocence Of Any Flesh Sleeping , Brian Patten
  9. 9. Reeds Of Innocence , William Blake
  10. 10. Innocence Regained , Hasmukh Amathalal
  11. 11. ^death Of Innocence , Adeline Foster
  12. 12. ~ Death Of Innocence~ , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  13. 13. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! .. , Dr subhendu kar
  14. 14. The Innocence , Robert Creeley
  15. 15. Innocence , Thomas Traherne
  16. 16. Innocence , Robert William Service
  17. 17. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *** Cry Of .. , Dr subhendu kar
  18. 18. My Innocence Killed Me , Courtney Steele
  19. 19. (323) True Innocence , Melvina Germain
  20. 20. (c) 13 (Life/Philosophy) A Mind Rich In.. , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  21. 21. ...........Ode To Your Innocence***** , wardha jawdat
  22. 22. Loss Of Innocence , Casey Stewart
  23. 23. Innocence , Joseph Tanner
  24. 24. - Adversity Of Arbitrary Killing Of Inno.. , Dmitriy Kokarev
  25. 25. To An Unfortunate Woman, Whom The Author.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. When Children Lose Their Innocence , Francis Duggan
  27. 27. Innocence Lost , Dave Alan Walker
  28. 28. Innocence-Lost , Vidi Writes
  29. 29. Innocence Found , Cheryl Greear
  30. 30. Blind Innocence, _ Excitation In The Mir.. , Gioom Galen
  31. 31. Innocence , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  32. 32. Oft Have I Read That Innocence Retreats , Thomas Parnell
  33. 33. Innocence Never Dies , C. P. Sharma
  34. 34. Innocence Lost And Pain Gained. , Amy Kerswell
  35. 35. Innocence Of A Rose , Candice Renae Williams
  36. 36. Innocence , Shay Mitchell
  37. 37. Innocence Was Stolen , Tiffany Johnson
  38. 38. ^death Of Innocence (2) , Adeline Foster
  39. 39. Innocence , richa soni
  40. 40. Return To Innocence , Kyle Shield Laster
  41. 41. My Innocence , Ishita Mehta
  42. 42. Innocence - An Autobiography , Shouvik Roy
  43. 43. Field Of Innocence , Trinity Bella
  44. 44. Innocence Lost. , Deepti Agarwal
  45. 45. The Innocence Of War , MeganOlivia Maxwell
  46. 46. Stolen Innocence , Sunny Grace
  47. 47. Innocence , CIRCE TABASAS
  48. 48. Cry Of Innocence , Dave Alan Walker
  49. 49. I Miss My Innocence , Jr. Cuyam
  50. 50. Innocence , Rhys Cadogan

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  5. Innocence Is When You See The Whole Worl.., Joshua Aaron Guillory
  6. Villanelle: Too Late Too Few The Tears S.., T. (no first name) Wignesan
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  8. Where Do Birds Go In The Rain?, Jim Yerman
  9. When Young Innocence Is Lost, Francis Duggan
  10. Ineffable Innocence, Shaakiera Schroeder
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