William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''Farewell green fields and happy groves,
    Where flocks have took delight.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. Night (l. 9-10). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''Whate'er is Born of Mortal Birth
    Must be consumed with the Earth''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. To Tirzah (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''The sun descending in the west,
    The evening star does shine;
    The birds are silent in their nest,
    And I must seek for mine.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. Night (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''Your friendship oft has made my heart to ache:
    Do be my enemy for friendship's sake.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. To William Hayley (l. 1-2). . . Treasury of Great Poems, English and American, A. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (Rev. and enl. Ed., 1955) Simon and Schuster.
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  • ''All futurity
    Seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled;
    Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "Night the Eighth," The Four Zoas (1795-1804).
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  • ''When a man has married a wife, he finds out whether
    Her knees and elbows are only glued together.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. When a Man Has Married a Wife (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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  • ''Nature in darkness groans
    And men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night:
    Restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain
    Feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words
    Of stern philosophy & knead the bread of knowledge with tears & groans.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "Night the Ninth," The Four Zoas (1795-1804).
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  • ''The Goddess Fortune is the devil's servant, ready to kiss any one's arse.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Notes on illustrations to Dante, "The Goddess Fortune," (1825-1827).
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  • ''Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Notes on manuscript of "The Four Zoas," published in Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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  • ''Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Notes on The Laocoön (engraved c. 1820).
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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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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!