"I askèd a ..." Quote of William Blake

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I askèd a thief to steal me a peach He turned up his eyes I ask'd a lithe lady to lie her down Holy & meek she cries— As soon as I went An angel came. He wink'd at the thief And smild at the dame— And without one word said Had a peach from the tree And still as a maid Enjoy'd the lady.

William Blake
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. I Askèd a Thief (l. 1-12). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.