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William
Blake
The Poetical Works
Including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem
 
William Blake
 
The Oxford Blake is the highpoint of editions of the great mystical poet of the Romantic era.
 
 
CONTENTS
Bibliographic Record    Bibliographical Introduction    Chronological Table
 
EDITED BY JOHN SAMPSON

LONDON, NEW YORK: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1908
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 2011
 
Poetical Sketches
 To Spring
 To Summer
 To Autumn
 To Winter
 To the Evening Star
 To Morning
 Fair Elenor
 Song: How sweet I roam’d from field to field
 Song: My silks and fine array
 Song: Love and harmony combine
 Song: I love the jocund dance
 Song: Memory, hither come
 Mad Song
 Song: Fresh from the dewy hill, the merry year
 Song: When early morn walks forth in sober grey
 To the Muses
 Gwin, King of Norway
 An Imitation of Spenser
 Blind Man’s Buff
 King Edward the Third
 Prologue, intended for a Dramatic Piece of King Edward the Fourth
 Prologue to King John
 A War Song to Englishmen
 The Couch of Death
 Contemplation
 Samson
 
Appendix to Poetical Sketches
 Song by a Shepherd
 Song by an Old Shepherd
 
Songs from ‘An Island in The Moon’
 Little Phoebus came strutting in
 Honour and Genius is all I ask
 When Old Corruption first begun
 Hear then the pride and knowledge of a sailor!
 The Song of Phoebe and Jellicoe
 Lo! the Bat with leathern wing
 Want Matches?
 As I walk’d forth one May morning
 Hail Matrimony, made of Love!
 To be or not to be
 This city and this country has brought forth many mayors
 O, I say, you Joe
 Leave, O leave me to my sorrows
 There’s Doctor Clash
 
Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Engraved 1789–1794)

Songs of Innocence
 Introduction
 The Echoing Green
 The Lamb
 The Shepherd
 Infant Joy
 The Little Black Boy
 Laughing Song
 Spring
 A Cradle Song
 Nurse’s Song
 Holy Thursday
 The Blossom
 The Chimney Sweeper
 The Divine Image
 Night
 A Dream
 On Another’s Sorrow
 The Little Boy Lost
 The Little Boy Found
 
Songs of Experience
 Introduction
 Earth’s Answer
 Nurse’s Song
 The Fly
 The Tiger
 The Little Girl Lost
 The Little Girl Found
 The Clod and the Pebble
 The Little Vagabond
 Holy Thursday
 A Poison Tree
 The Angel
 The Sick Rose
 To Tirzah
 The Voice of the Ancient Bard
 My Pretty Rose-Tree
 Ah! Sun-Flower
 The Lily
 The Garden of Love
 A Little Boy Lost
 Infant Sorrow
 The Schoolboy
 London
 A Little Girl Lost
 The Chimney-sweeper
 The Human Abstract
 
Appendix to the Songs of Innocence and of Experience
 A Divine Image
 
Poems from ‘The Rossetti Manuscript’ (circa 1793–1811), Sometimes Called ‘The Manuscript Book’

I. Earlier Poems (Written circa 1793)
 Never seek to tell thy Love
 I laid me down upon a Bank
 I saw a Chapel all of Gold
 I askèd a Thief
 I heard an Angel singing
 A Cradle Song
 Silent, silent Night
 I fear’d the fury of my wind
 Infant Sorrow
 Why should I care for the men of Thames
 Thou hast a lap full of seed
 In a Myrtle Shade
 To my Myrtle
 To Nobodaddy
 Are not the joys of morning sweeter
 The Wild Flower’s Song
 Day
 The Fairy
 Motto to the Songs of Innocence and of Experience
 [Lafayette]
 
Appendix to the Earlier Poems in the Rossetti MS.
 A Fairy leapt upon my knee
 
II. Later Poems (Written circa 1800–1810)
 My Spectre around me night and day
 When Klopstock England defied
 Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau
 I saw a Monk of Charlemaine
 Morning
 The Birds
 You don’t believe
 If it is true what the Prophets write
 I will tell you what Joseph of Arimathea
 Why was Cupid a boy
 Now Art has lost its mental charms
 I rose up at the dawn of day
 The Caverns of the Grave I’ve seen
 
Addendum to the Later Poems in the Rossetti MS.
 To the Queen
 
III. (Written circa 1810) The Everlasting Gospel
 Alpha
 Beta
 Gamma
 Delta
 Epsilon
 Zeta
 Eta
 Theta
 
The Pickering Manuscript (circa 1801–1803)
 The Smile
 The Golden Net
 The Mental Traveller
 The Land of Dreams
 Mary
 The Crystal Cabinet
 The Grey Monk
 Auguries of Innocence
 Long John Brown and Little Mary Bell
 William Bond
 
Poems from Letters (1800–1803)
 To my Dearest Friend, John Flaxman, these lines
 To my dear Friend, Mrs. Anna Flaxman
 [To Thomas Butts]: To my friend Butts I write
 To Mrs. Butts
 [To Thomas Butts]: With Happiness stretch’d across the hills
 [To Thomas Butts]: O! why was I born with a different face?
 
Gnomic Verses, Epigrams, and Short Satirical Pieces (Chiefly from ‘The Rossetti Manuscript’ circa 1793–1810) Gnomic Verses
 Great things are done when men and mountains meet
 To God
 They said this mystery never shall cease
 An Answer to the Parson
 Lacedaemonian Instruction
 Nail his neck to the cross: nail it with a nail
 Love to faults is always blind
 There souls of men are bought and sold
 Soft Snow
 Abstinence sows sand all over
 Merlin’s Prophecy
 If you trap the moment before it’s ripe
 An Old Maid early ere I knew
 The sword sung on the barren heath
 O lapwing! thou fliest around the heath
 Terror in the house does roar
 Several Questions Answered
 If I e’er grow to man’s estate
 Since all the riches of this world
 Riches
 The Angel that presided o’er my birth
 Grown old in love from seven till seven times seven
 Do what you will this life’s a fiction
 
On Art and Artists
 Advice of the Popes who succeeded the Age of Raphael
 On the great encouragement given by English nobility and gentry to Correggio, Rubens, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Catalani, Du Crow, and Dilbury Doodle
 I askèd my dear friend Orator Prig
 O dear Mother Outline! of wisdom most sage
 [On the Foundation of the Royal Academy]
 These are the idiots’ chiefest arts
 The cripple every step drudges and labours
 You say their pictures well painted be
 When you look at a picture, you always can see
 The Washerwoman’s Song
 English Encouragement of Art: Cromek’s opinions put into rhyme
 When I see a Rubens, Rembrandt, Correggio
 Give pensions to the learned pig
 [On Sir Joshua Reynolds’ disappointment at his first impressions of Raphael]
 Sir Joshua praisèd Rubens with a smile
 Sir Joshua praises Michael Angelo
 Can there be anything more mean
 To the Royal Academy
 Florentine Ingratitude
 No real style of colouring ever appears
 When Sir Joshua Reynolds died
 A Pitiful Case
 [On Sir Joshua Reynolds]
 I, Rubens, am a statesman and a saint
 [On the school of Rubens]
 To English Connoisseurs
 A Pretty Epigram for the encouragement of those who have paid great sums in the Venetian and Flemish ooze
 Raphael, sublime, majestic, graceful, wise
 On the Venetian Painter
 A pair of stays to mend the shape
 Venetian! all thy colouring is no more
 To Venetian Artists
 All pictures that ’s painted with sense and with thought
 Call that the public voice which is their error!
 
On Friends and Foes
 I am no Homer’s hero you all know
 Anger and wrath my bosom rends
 If you play a game of chance, know, before you begin
 [Of Hayley’s birth]: Of H——’s birth this was the happy lot
 [On Hayley]: To forgive enemies H—— does pretend
 To H[ayley]: Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache
 On H[ayle]y’s Friendship: When H——y finds out what you cannot do
 On H[ayley] the Pickthank: I write the rascal thanks, till he and I
 My title as a genius thus is prov’d
 To F[laxman]: You call me mad, ’tis folly to do so
 To F[laxman]: I mock thee not, though I by thee am mockèd
 To Nancy F[laxman]: How can I help thy husband’s copying me?
 To F[laxman] and S[tothard]: I found them blind: I taught them how to see
 To S[tothar]d: You all your youth observ’d the golden rule
 Cromek speaks: I always take my judgement from a fool
 On S[tothard]: You say reserve and modesty he has
 [On Stothard]: S——, in childhood, on the nursery floor
 Mr. Stothard to Mr. Cromek: For Fortune’s favours you your riches bring
 Mr. Cromek to Mr. Stothard: Fortune favours the brave, old proverbs say
 [On Cromek]: Cr—— loves artists as he loves his meat
 [On Cromek]: A petty sneaking knave I knew
 [On P——]: P—— lovèd me not as he lov’d his friends
 [On William Haines]: The Sussex men are noted fools
 [On Fuseli]: The only man that e’er I knew
 [To Hunt]: ‘Madman’ I have been call’d
 To H[unt]: You think Fuseli is not a great painter
 [On certain Mystics]: Cosway, Frazer, and Baldwin of Egypt’s lake
 And his legs carried it like a long fork
 For this is being a friend just in the nick
 Was I angry with Hayley who us’d me so ill
 Having given great offence by writing in prose
 
Miscellaneous Epigrams
 His whole life is an epigram, smart, smooth, and neatly penn’d
 He has observ’d the golden rule
 And in melodious accents I
 Some people admire the work of a fool
 He’s a blockhead who wants a proof of what he can’t perceive
 Great men and fools do often me inspire
 Some men, created for destruction, come
 An Epitaph: Come knock your heads against this stone
 Another: I was buried near this dyke
 Another: Here lies John Trot, the friend of all mankind
 When France got free, Europe, ’twixt fools and knaves
 On the virginity of the Virgin Mary and Johanna Southcott
 Imitation of Pope: a compliment to the Ladies
 When a man has married a wife, he finds out whether
 To Chloe’s breast young Cupid slyly stole
 
Tiriel
The Book of Thel
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The French Revolution
A Song of Liberty
Visions of the Daughters of Albion
America: A Prophecy
Europe: A Prophecy
The [First] Book of Urizen
The Song of Los: Africa
The Song of Los: Asia
The Book of Los
The Book of Ahania
 
Selections from ‘The Four Zoas’
 [Introduction to Night the First]
 [The Wanderer]
 [A Vision of Eternity]
 [The Song sung at the Feast of Los and Enitharmon]
 [The Song of Enitharmon over Los]
 [The Wail of Enion]
 [Winter]
 [The Woes of Urizen in the Dens of Urthona]
 [Los in his Wrath]
 [The War-Song of Orc]
 [Vala’s Going Forth]
 [Urizen’s Words of Wisdom]
 [The Shade of Enitharmon]
 [The Serpent Orc]
 [The Last Judgement]
 [The Lament of Albion]
 [Accuser and Accused]
 [The Tillage of Urizen]
 [Song of the Sinless Soul]
 [Vala in Lower Paradise]
 
Selections from ‘Milton’ (Engraved 1804–1809)
 Preface
 [The Invocation]
 [The Mills of Satan]
 [The Sin of Leutha]
 [Milton’s Journey to Eternal Death]
 [The Nature of Infinity]
 [The Sea of Time and Space]
 [The Mundane Shell]
 [A River in Eden]
 [Los]
 [Swedenborg]
 [Whitefield and Wesley]
 [The Forge of Los]
 [The Wine-Press of Los]
 [The Building of Time]
 [The Heavens and the Earth]
 [The Birds and the Flowers]
 [Love and Jealousy]
 [Reason and Imagination]
 [The Song of the Shadowy Female]
 
Selections from ‘Jerusalem’ (Engraved 1804–? 1820)
 To the Public
 [Introduction]
 [The Reasoning Power]
 [The Words of Los]
 [The Builders of Golgonooza]
 [A Vision of Albion]
 [Punishment and Forgiveness]
 [The Lament of Albion]
 [Jerusalem]
 To the Jews
 [A Female Will]
 [The Universal Family]
 [Man’s Spectre]
 [Pretences]
 [Fourfold and Twofold Vision]
 [The Remembrance of Sin]
 To the Deists
 [Albion’s Spectre]
 [The Holiness of Minute Particulars]
 [A Vision of Joseph and Mary]
 [Tirzah]
 [The Warrior and the Daughter of Albion]
 [Men and States]
 To the Christians
 [A Vision of Jerusalem]
 [The Worship of God]
 [The Cry of Los]
 [Albion upon the Rock]
 [The Wrath of God]
 [The Divine Image]
 [The End of the Song of Jerusalem]
 
Verses from ‘For the Sexes’ and ‘The Gates of Paradise’ (circa 1810)

Verses from ‘The Gates of Paradise’
 [Prologue]
 The Keys of the Gates
 [Epilogue]. To the Accuser who is The God of this World
 The Ghost of Abel
 
Appendix to the Prophetic Books
 There is No Natural Religion
 All Religions are One
 [From Blake’s Engraving of the Laocoon]
 On Homer’s Poetry
 On Virgil
 
From Blake’s ‘Descriptive Catalogue’ (1809)
 Sir Geffrey Chaucer and the Nine and twenty Pilgrims on their journey to Canterbury


 
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