WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827)
AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE
To see a world in a grain of sand
2 And a heaven in a wild flower,
3 Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
4 And eternity in an hour.
5 A robin redbreast in a cage
6 Puts all Heaven in a rage.
7 A dove house fill'd with doves and pigeons
8 Shudders Hell thro' all its regions.
9 A dog starv'd at his master's gate
10 Predicts the ruin of the state.
11 A horse misus'd upon the road
12 Calls to Heaven for human blood.
13 Each outcry of the hunted hare
14 A fibre from the brain does tear.
15 A skylark wounded in the wing,
16 A Cherubim does cease to sing.
17 The game cock clipp'd and arm'd for fight
18 Does the rising Sun affright.
19 Every wolf's and lion's howl
20 Raises from Hell a human soul.