Friday, December 31, 2010

Poetry Friday - Auguries of Innocence

I'm in shock that this is the last day of 2010. I'm also finding myself a little blue and very ready for the promise of a new year. The end of the year always seems to bring this poem to mind.
Auguries of Innocence
By William Blake

To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.…

The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won’t believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever’s fright.…

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine;
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.…

Every tear from every eye
Becomes a babe in Eternity.…

The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar
Are waves that beat on Heaven’s shore.…

He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne’er believe, do what you please.
If the Sun and Moon should doubt,
They’d immediately go out.…

God appears, and God is Light,
To those poor souls who dwell in Night;
But does a Human Form display
To those who dwell in realms of Day.
The round-up today is at Carol's Corner. Here's wishing you a happy Poetry Friday, and even happier New Year.


  1. I'm sorry you've been feeling blue, Tricia. I wish, for you, a new year happily tangled in skeins of silken twine.

  2. Happy new year. Been missing your posts.