TO THE EVENING STAR
Thou fair-hair’d angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Son, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And the lion glares thro’ the dun forest;
The fleeces of our flocks are cover’d with
Thy scared dew; protect them with thine influence.
O holy virgin! clad in purest white,
Unlock heav’n’s golden gates, and issue forth;
Awake the dawn that sleeps in heaven; let light
Rise from the chambers of the east, and bring
The honied dew that cometh on waking day
O radiant morning, salute the sun
Rous’d like a huntsman to the chace, and with
Thy buskin’d feet appear upon our hills.
When the voices of children are heard on the green
And whisp’rings are in the dale,
The days of my youth rise fresh in my mind;
My face turns green and pale.
Then comes home my children, the sun is gone down
And the dews if night arise;
Your spring and your day are wasted in play,
And your winter and night in disguise.
============================================================================The above are by William Blake.
William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757. He was educated at home and then worked as an apprentice to the engraver James Basire before joining the Royal Academy in 1779. In 1782 he married Catherine Boucher. A year later he began his career as a poet when he published Poetical Sketches. These were followed by Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) which he also designed and engraved. His other major literary works include The Book of Thel (1789), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c1793), Milton (1804-8) and Jerusalem (1804-20). He also produced many magnificent paintings and engravings during his lifetime. William Blake died on August 12, 1827).