William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''I walked abroad in a snowy day;
    I asked the soft snow with me to play;
    She played and she melted in all her prime,
    And the winter called it a dreadful crime.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Soft Snow (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,
    Who countest the steps of the Sun,
    Seeking after that sweet golden clime
    Where the traveller's journey is done:
    Where the Youth pined away with desire,
    And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
    Arise from their graves, and aspire
    Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Songs of Experience, "Ah! Sun-flower," (1794), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''Where the Youth pined away with desire,
    And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow,
    Arise from their graves and aspire,
    Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Ah Sun-flower! (L. 5-8). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''A little black thing among the snow
    Crying "'weep, 'weep," in notes of woe!
    "Where are thy father & mother? say?"
    "They are both gone up to the church to pray.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Chimney Sweeper (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.

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Why Was Cupid A Boy

Why was Cupid a boy,
And why a boy was he?
He should have been a girl,
For aught that I can see.

For he shoots with his bow,
And the girl shoots with her eye,
And they both are merry and glad,
And laugh when we do cry.

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