William Blake

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William Blake – 6 June 2008

William Blake, an English engraver and poet, is best known for two collections of poems: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Many of his visionary poems show his love of children and animals. Blake, who at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to an engraver, illustrated and engraved the works of other poets. He also made beautiful and original illustrations for his own books, which he printed and published himself.

For today I have chosen this unusual poem:

The Fly
William Blake
(1757 – 1827)

Little Fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brush’d away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance,
And drink, & sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath,
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live
Or if I die.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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