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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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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Best Poem of William Blake

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.

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Love's Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! she did depart!

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