Song: Memory, hither come

By William Blake 1757–1827 William Blake
Memory, hither come,
         And tune your merry notes;
And, while upon the wind, 
         Your music floats,
I'll pore upon the stream, 
         Where sighing lovers dream,
And fish for fancies as they pass
         Within the watery glass.

I'll drink of the clear stream,
         And hear the linnet's song;
And there I'll lie and dream
         The day along:
And, when night comes, I'll go
         To places fit for woe,
Walking along the darken'd valley, 
         With silent Melancholy.

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Poet William Blake 1757–1827

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Landscapes & Pastorals, Love, Living, Music, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Unrequited Love, Heartache & Loss

Poetic Terms Imagery, Couplet

 William  Blake

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In his Life of William Blake (1863) Alexander Gilchrist warned his readers that Blake "neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work'y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself 'a divine child,' whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth." Yet Blake himself believed that his writings were of national importance and that they could be understood by a majority of men. Far from being . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Landscapes & Pastorals, Love, Living, Music, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Unrequited Love, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Imagery, Couplet

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