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Friday, February 03, 2006

Baa Baa Black Sheep

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


The Tiger
William Blake. 1757–1827

8 Comments:

Blogger Davo said...

Perhaps you should ask the 'christians' that.

Friday, 03 February, 2006  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

I was gonna put she/he/them depending on which creation myth you subscribe to :>)

I love the powerful words though!

Friday, 03 February, 2006  
Blogger Davo said...

The Roman church has created the sheep .. black, white or brindle.

Friday, 03 February, 2006  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

Chuckle!

I think Mama sheep might disagree with you there Davo!

Friday, 03 February, 2006  
Blogger Davo said...

Mmm, then you will have to battle with the 'pater'.

Friday, 03 February, 2006  
Blogger Lindsay Lobe said...

Tiger Tiger burning bright, rescued from your serpents might
Tiger Tiger conscious might renew our new life burning light
Tiger Tiger conscious thought awakes within enlightened state
Tiger Tiger conscious state helps us bear our life long fate

Saturday, 04 February, 2006  
Blogger Granny said...

Now I have to go find out if William Blake ever wrote anything else.

Sunday, 05 February, 2006  
Blogger Lorraine said...

two sweet :)

Sunday, 05 February, 2006  

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