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by William Blake
The original, squashed down to read in about 20 minutes
William Blake is as much known for his idiosyncratic mysticism as for his poetry and paintings. William Wordsworth said that, "There is something in the madness of this man which interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron and Walter Scott." Blake's work is said to have been re-used by more than any other, including Philip Pullman, Monty Python, Ridley Scott, Billy Bragg, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Mike Westbrook, U2, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and hundreds more.
How sweet is the shepherd's sweet lot!
Little lamb, who made thee?
THE LITTLE BLACK BOY
My mother bore me in the southern wild,
When my mother died I was very young,
Tyger, tyger, burning bright
I wander through each chartered street,
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
Pity would be no more
A POISON TREE
I was angry with my friend:
A CRADLE SONG
Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
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