By William Blake
William Blake is a poet with out parallel, who remains a resource of knowledge and proposal to numerous contributors in the course of the international.
This choice was once commissioned in 1905 via the company of George Routledge from W.B. Yeats, who had formerly been one of many pioneer editors of Blake's prophetic books. Yeats, one of many few poets whose paintings should be in comparison with that of Blake, ready a distinct choice of his poetic and prose writings. there is not any larger solution to stumble upon the paintings of 1 poetic genius than because it is gifted by way of one other, and Yeats understood Blake in a fashion few others did.
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Bring me an axe and spade, Bring me a winding-sheet; When I my grave have made, Let winds and tempests beat: Then down I’ll lie, as cold as clay. True love doth pass away! SONG Love and harmony combine, And around our souls entwine, While thy branches mix with mine, And our roots together join. Joys upon our branches sit, Chirping loud and singing sweet; Like gentle streams beneath our feet, Innocence and virtue meet. Thou the golden fruit dost bear, I am clad in ﬂowers fair; 7 8 poetical sketches Thy sweet boughs perfume the air, And the turtle buildeth there.
My Lord Bishop, you would recommend us agriculture? Sweet Prince, the arts of peace are great, And no less glorious than those of war, Perhaps more glorious, in the philosophic mind. When I sit at my home, a private man, My thoughts are on my gardens and my ﬁelds, How to employ the hand that lacketh bread. If Industry is in my diocese, Religion will ﬂourish; each man’s heart Is cultivated and will bring forth fruit: This is my private duty and my pleasure. But, as I sit in council with my prince, My thoughts take in the general good of the whole, And England is the land favoured by Commerce; For Commerce, though the child of Agriculture, Fosters his parent, who else must sweat and toil, And gain but scanty fare.
I write when commanded by the spirits, and the moment I have written, I see the words ﬂy about the room in all directions. ” Henceforth his published works were to be wholly pictorial. He was now conscious that the “light” so long hid from him “as xxxvii xxxviii introduction by a door and window shutters” was come again, and foresaw a great period of artistic creation; for had he not conquered “the spectrous ﬁend” which had marred his power and obscured his inspiration? ” These illustrations must always remain among his greatest.
Collected Poems (Routledge Classics) by William Blake