Angels and Poetry


April being National (or is it International?) Poetry Month, I thought I’d contribute something. Don’t panic, I’m no poet and I know it (oops), so I’m going to share a poem by someone who actually is a good poet: William Blake. In keeping with my current interest obsession with angels, I thought this one was fitting.

Angel of Poetry

Angel of Poetry from the William Blake Tarot

From “Songs of Experience”

The Angel

I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?
And that I was a Maiden Queen
Guarded by an angel mild
Witless woe was ne’er begui’l’d!

And I wept both night and day,
And he wip’d my tears away,
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.

So he took his wings and fled,
Then the morn blush’d rosy red;
I dried my tears & arm’d my fears,
With ten thousand shields and spears.

Soon my Angel came again;
I was arm’d, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled
And grey hairs were on my head.

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15 thoughts on “Angels and Poetry

    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      This is the same as the other comment, isn’t it? It looks like I got this twice, and with the links in them the spam filter grabbed them.

      I don’t recall you posting this before, thanks! Blake is extraordinary. I’ve been mentally working on a post about his visions and a tie-in with Annie Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.”

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  1. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Yes, it originally came out in 1995, went out of print pretty quickly, but was reprinted finally a couple of years ago. I have a first edition. I haven’t worked with it much since it diverges from “standard” Tarot and I’m not as well-read on Blake as I wish I was. I do love his art, though. There’s a flash slideshow of the new deck here if you want to see the Triumphs (Majors).

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