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Earth's Answer

By William Blake

Earth raised up her head
From the darkness dread and drear,
Her light fled,
Stony, dread,
And her locks covered with grey despair.

"Prisoned on watery shore,
Starry jealousy does keep my den
Cold and hoar;
Weeping o're,
I hear the father of the ancient men.

"Selfish father of men!
Cruel, jealous, selfish fear!
Can delight,
Chained in night,
The virgins of youth and morning bear?

"Does spring hide its joy,
When buds and blossoms grow?
Does the sower
Sow by night,
Or the plowman in darkness plough?

"Break this heavy chain,
That does freeze my bones around!
Selfish, vain,
Eternal bane,
That free love with bondage bound."

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(On this day, August 12, 1827, William Blake died at the age of sixty-nine.)

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Photo: Detail from life death / knows doesn't know by Bruce Nauman

miuenski, web.werkraum, and 18 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. shanghai ІiІy [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

    "Does spring hide its joy,
    When buds and blossoms grow?

  2. B.S. Wise 56 months ago | reply

    :) From Songs of Experience

    ``Love seeketh not Itself to please,
    Nor for itself hath any care,
    But for another gives its ease,
    And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.''

  3. B.S. Wise 56 months ago | reply

    sez it all :)

  4. web.werkraum 56 months ago | reply

    Gestern: von mir auch eine mögliche Liebe...

  5. Desert.Sage {:::Heating UP!!:::} 56 months ago | reply

    Fabulous capture and words.

  6. B.S. Wise 56 months ago | reply

    web.werkraum: definitiv möglich :)

    rosa-rusa: ha llegado hasta :)

    Desert.Sage: Thank you. Viva William Blake! :)

  7. Ana.Caldas 56 months ago | reply

    !!!!! love in a neon mode.
    I like! I like so much!

  8. Ty*YoYo [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

    Seen in tHE HEARt O SAtURDAy NIGHt

  9. vtd17 54 months ago | reply

    dear : the world seethes with some words

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