Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Poetry Corner 7: Night

Today, some sample of Blake's poems. I chose Night from his Songs of Innocence, but those of you who haven't tried his verses, might want to read it. I know his most famous is The Tyger, that is why I wanted to avoid it.

Here it goes:

The sun descending in the west;
  The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest,
  And I must seek for mine.
    The moon, like a flower
    In heaven's high bower,
    With silent delight
    Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy groves,
  Where flocks have took delight,
Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves
  The feet of angels bright;
    Unseen, they pour blessing,
    And joy without ceasing,
    On each bud and blossom,
    And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest
  Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
  To keep them all from harm:
    If they see any weeping
    That should have been sleeping,
    They pour sleep on their head,
    And sit down by their bed.

When wolves and tigers howl for prey,
  They pitying stand and weep;
Seeking to drive their thirst away,
  And keep them from the sheep.
    But, if they rush dreadful,
    The angels, most heedful,
    Receive each mild spirit,
    New worlds to inherit.

And there the lion's ruddy eyes
  Shall flow with tears of gold:
And pitying the tender cries,
  And walking round the fold:
    Saying: 'Wrath by His meekness,
    And, by His health, sickness,
    Is driven away
    From our immortal day.

'And now beside thee, bleating lamb,
  I can lie down and sleep,
Or think on Him who bore thy name,
  Graze after thee, and weep.
    For, washed in life's river,
    My bright mane for ever
    Shall shine like the gold,
    As I guard o'er the fold.' 

(from wikipedia)