William Blake Quotes
''The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity ... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.''William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. The Letters of William Blake, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1956).
''The Divine Vision still was seen,William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From Jerusalem. Fields from Islington to Marybone (Plate 27, l. 57-60). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
Still was the human form divine
Weeping in weak & mortal clay;
O Jesus, still the form was thine!''
''God keep me from the divinity of Yes and No ... the Yea Nay Creeping Jesus, from supposing Up and Down to be the same thing as all experimentalists must suppose.''William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Letter, April 12, 1827. The Letters of William Blake, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1956).
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A Poison Tree
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
Samson, the strongest of the children of men, I sing; how he was foiled by woman's arts, by a false wife brought to the gates of death! O Truth! that shinest with propitious beams, turning our earthly night to heavenly day, from presence of the Almighty Father, thou visitest our darkling world with blessed feet, bringing good news of Sin and Death