William Blake Quotes

I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow, And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Songs of Experience, "London," (1794), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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The enquiry in England is not whether a man has talents & genius, but whether he is passive & polite & a virtuous ass & obedient to noblemen's opinions in art & science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds, Discourses (c. 1808).
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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.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Songs of Experience, "A Poison Tree," st. 1 (1794), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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The foundation of empire is art & science. Remove them or degrade them, & the empire is no more. Empire follows art & not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds, Discourses (c. 1808).
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'O Earth, O Earth, return! 'Arise from out the dewy grass; 'Night is worn, 'And the morn 'Rises from the slumberous mass.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Songs of Experience: Introduction (l. 11-15). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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In the morning glad I see My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. A Poison Tree (l. 15-16). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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Hear the voice of the Bard! Who Present, Past and Future, sees;
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Songs of Experience: Introduction (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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The Beggar's Rags, fluttering in Air, Does to Rags the Heavens tear.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Auguries of Innocence (l. 75-76). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me, "Pipe a song about a Lamb"; So I piped with merry chear. "Piper pipe that song again"— So I piped, he wept to hear. "Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe Sing thy songs of happy chear"; So I sung the same again While he wept with joy to hear.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Songs of Innocence: Introduction (l. 3-11). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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A Robin Redbreast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Auguries of Innocence, l. 5-6, Poems from the Pickering Manuscript (c. 1803), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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