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To Summer - Poem by William Blake

O thou who passest thro' our valleys in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched'st here thy goldent tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.

Beneath our thickest shades we oft have heard
Thy voice, when noon upon his fervid car
Rode o'er the deep of heaven; beside our springs
Sit down, and in our mossy valleys, on
Some bank beside a river clear, throw thy
Silk draperies off, and rush into the stream:
Our valleys love the Summer in his pride.

Our bards are fam'd who strike the silver wire:
Our youth are bolder than the southern swains:
Our maidens fairer in the sprightly dance:
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.


Comments about To Summer by William Blake

  • Gold Star - 134,342 Points Susan Williams (2/8/2016 4:04:00 PM)

    I enjoyed this poem far more than many of the poems I have read recently. I wish I could believe it is as straight-forward as it seems but I bet he's having a bit of fun with fauns and leprechauns and nymphs in the background somewhere. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,967 Points Ravi A (6/14/2015 10:41:00 AM)

    What shall I say of this poem? A very good poem giving encomiums to those who work in the fields in the tolling summer. What more can we expect from a poet like Blake? (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. 3. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. 4. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  5. 5. Summer , Alexander Pope
  6. 6. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  7. 7. Summer , John Clare
  8. 8. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  9. 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. 12. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  13. 13. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. 14. To Summer , William Blake
  15. 15. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  16. 16. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  17. 17. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  18. 18. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  19. 19. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  20. 20. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  21. 21. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  23. 23. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  24. 24. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  25. 25. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  26. 26. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  27. 27. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  28. 28. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  29. 29. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  30. 30. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  31. 31. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  32. 32. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  33. 33. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  34. 34. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  35. 35. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  36. 36. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  37. 37. Summer Evening , John Clare
  38. 38. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  39. 39. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  40. 40. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  41. 41. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  45. 45. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  46. 46. Summer Images , John Clare
  47. 47. On The Idle Hill Of Summer , Alfred Edward Housman
  48. 48. Summer Song , George Barker
  49. 49. Summer , Amy Lowell
  50. 50. The Summer I Was Sixteen , Geraldine Connolly
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