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You Don'T Believe
(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

You Don'T Believe

Poem By William Blake

You don't believe -- I won't attempt to make ye:
You are asleep -- I won't attempt to wake ye.
Sleep on! sleep on! while in your pleasant dreams
Of Reason you may drink of Life's clear streams.
Reason and Newton, they are quite two things;
For so the swallow and the sparrow sings.

Reason says `Miracle': Newton says `Doubt.'
Aye! that's the way to make all Nature out.
`Doubt, doubt, and don't believe without experiment':
That is the very thing that Jesus meant,
When He said `Only believe! believe and try!
Try, try, and never mind the reason why!'

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You don't believe - I won't attempt to make ye: You are asleep - I won't attempt to wake ye. Sleep on! sleep on! while in your pleasant dreams Of Reason you may drink of Life's clear streams. These lines are good to talk about many other things!
Sup internet only reason im here is for a project so yeah this is kinda sad
You don't believe - I won't attempt to make ye: You are asleep - I won't attempt to wake ye. Sleep on! sleep on! - ITALIAN: Tu non credi - non proverò a farti credere: Tu sei addormentato - non proverò a svegliarti. Dormici su! dormi!
A tug of war between the faithful who blindly believed in everything connected with spirituality/ religiosity and the scientific temperaments who did not believe any thing without backing of material evidence. Amazingly presented thought provoking poem, penned by a master spirit.
I doubt Reason ever held a high place in his estimation of the worth of things. I doubt that he had much faith in anything beyond the self and satisfying its flitting and adventurous and often shocking needs.


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