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(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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A Dream

Once a dream did weave a shade
O'er my angel-guarded bed,
That an emmet lost its way
Where on grass methought I lay.

Troubled, wildered, and forlorn,
Dark, benighted, travel-worn,
Over many a tangle spray,
All heart-broke, I heard her say:

'Oh my children! do they cry,
Do they hear their father sigh?
Now they look abroad to see,
Now return and weep for me.'

Pitying, I dropped a tear:
But I saw a glow-worm near,
Who replied, 'What wailing wight
Calls the watchman of the night?

'I am set to light the ground,
While the beetle goes his round:
Follow now the beetle's hum;
Little wanderer, hie thee home!'

Submitted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Edited: Wednesday, May 09, 2001


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  • Diamond Snow (8/8/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    Interesting poem...........Nice

    13 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • * Sunprincess * (9/21/2012 5:17:00 PM)

    love the images of the glow worm and beetle...excellence... :)

  • Dennis Green (8/17/2011 10:05:00 PM)

    Blake's ability to blend rhyme into the simple narrative is what gives his work so much power & beauty. It lodges inside the heart, making the human associations so compelling & profound.

  • Sangnam Nam (8/10/2009 10:25:00 AM)

    You hear the beatles, the light-worms glow-worms
    the insects the birds the singers
    in the end

  • Edowaye Omorogbe (3/8/2008 9:42:00 AM)

    great job...................................................... that was really good

  • X X (2/22/2008 3:18:00 AM)

    first of blakes poems i have read and im not dissapointed.

  • Blue angel Florida (8/20/2007 6:15:00 PM)

    Old Language Amazing to read...

  • Perfection Is Flawed (9/2/2005 4:52:00 AM)

    It's a really beautiful poem, especially the way he wrote 'O'er my angel-guarded bed', and I found out that an emmet is actually an ant, so she was lost in such a big world, and probably felt quite hopeless.

  • Christian Eliab Ratnam (5/25/2005 7:53:00 PM)

    A Beautiful Poem indeed.

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