William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache:
    Do be my enemy for friendship's sake.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Manuscript Notebook (1808-1811), no. 39, published in Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Referring to his patron William Hayley.
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  • ''For the Eye altering alters all;
    The Senses roll themselves in fear
    And the flat Earth becomes a Ball.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 62-64). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''His little throat labours with inspiration, every feather
    On throat and breast and wings vibrates with the effluence Divine.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Milton (Plate 30, l. 34-35). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''we Reap in joy the fruit
    Which we in bitter tears did sow.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 7-8). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''The generations of men run on in the tide of time,
    But leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever & ever.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Milton, plate 22.
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  • ''And if the Babe is born a Boy
    He's given to a Woman Old,
    Who nails him down upon a rock
    Catches his shrieks in cups of gold.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''And was Jerusalem builded here,
    Among these dark Satanic Mills?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Milton (Plate 1, l. 7-8). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''What the hammer?What the chain?
    In what furnace was thy brain?
    What the anvil?What dread grasp
    Dare its deadly terrors clasp?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Tiger (l. 13-16). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''The lark sitting upon his earthy bed, just as the morn
    Appears, listens silent, then springing from the waving Corn-field,
    loud
    He leads the Choir of Day—''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Milton (Plate 30, l. 29-31). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the Lamb make thee?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Tiger (l. 19-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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Auguries Of Innocence

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 ...

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To Tirzah

Whate'er is Born of Mortal Birth
Must be consumed with the Earth
To rise from Generation free:
Then what have I to do with thee?

The Sexes sprung from Shame & Pride,
Blow'd in the morn, in evening died;
But Mercy chang'd Death into Sleep;
The Sexes rose to work & weep.

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