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The moveable Blake comprises the airtight genius's most crucial works: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience of their entirety; choices from his “prophetic books”—including The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Abion, America, The booklet of Urizen, and The 4 Zoas—and from different works of poetry and prose, in addition to the entire drawings for The booklet of Job.

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The Human gown is cast iron, The Human shape a fiery Forge, The Human Face a Furnace seal’d. The Human center its hungry Gorge. IV. VERSES AND FRAGMENTS FROM THE ROSSETTI AND PICKERING MANUSCRIPTS FIRST sequence (1793-1799) by no means search to inform thy love Love that by no means instructed may be; For the light wind does circulation Silently, invisibly. I informed my love, I advised my love, I advised her all my middle, Trembling, chilly, in ghastly fears— Ah, she doth go away. quickly as she used to be long gone from me A vacationer got here by means of Silently, invisibly— zero, used to be no deny. I laid me down upon a financial institution the place love lay dozing. I heard one of the rushes dank Weeping, Weeping. Then I went to the heath & the wild To the thistles & thorns of the waste and so they informed me how they have been beguil’d, pushed out, & compel’d to be chaste. I observed a chapel all of gold That none did dare to go into in, and plenty of weeping stood with no, Weeping, mourning, worshipping. I observed a serpent upward thrust among The white pillars of the door, And he forc’d & forc’d & forc’d, Down the golden hinges tore. And alongside the pavement candy, Set with pearls & rubies vibrant, All his slimy size he drew, until eventually upon the altar white Vomiting his poison out at the bread & at the wine. So I turn’d right into a sty And laid me down one of the swine. I requested a thief to scouse borrow me a peach: He grew to become up his eyes. I ask’d a lithe girl to lie her down: Holy & meek she cries. once I went an angel got here: He wink’d on the thief And smil’d on the dame, And with out one be aware spoke Had a peach from the tree, And ’twixt earnest & shaggy dog story Enjoy’d the woman. I heard an Angel making a song while the day was once springing, “Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world’s free up. ” therefore he sung all day Over the recent mown hay, until eventually the solar went down And haycocks appeared brown. I heard a satan curse Over the heath & the furze, “Mercy may be not more, If there has been no one negative, “And pity not more may be, If all have been as chuffed as we. ” At his curse the solar went down, And the heavens gave a frown. Down pour’d the heavy rain Over the recent reap’d grain, And Miseries’ raise Is Mercy, Pity, Peace. A CRADLE tune Sleep, Sleep, good looks vibrant Dreaming o’er the thrill of evening. Sleep, Sleep: in thy sleep Little sorrows sit down & weep. candy Babe, in thy face gentle wants i will be able to hint mystery joys & mystery smiles Little beautiful little one wiles. As thy softest limbs i think Smiles as of the morning thieve O‘er thy cheek & o’er thy breast the place thy little center does relaxation. O, the crafty wiles that creep In thy little middle asleep. while thy little center does wake, Then the dreadful lightnings holiday. From thy cheek & from thy eye O’er the younger harvests nigh baby wiles & baby smiles Heaven & Earth of peace beguiles. I fear’d the fury of my wind might blight all blossoms reasonable & real; And my sunlight it shin’d & shin’d And my wind it by no means blew. yet a blossom reasonable or actual used to be now not chanced on on any tree; For all blossoms grew & grew Fruitless, fake, tho’ reasonable to determine. Why should still I take care of the lads of thames, Or the dishonest waves of charter’d streams, Or lessen on the little blasts of worry That the hireling blows into my ear?

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