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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