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William Blake: “mind-forg’d manacles”

29 June 2016




I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’d Thames does flow.
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every Man,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear

How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls

But most thro’ midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse


3 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 June 2016 12:54 am

    Blake, way ahead of his time. For those crying about their lost future, those who presently have power have for you a future you wouldn’t want. They follow Malthus, Darwin, the Huxleys, and others, and for the “useless eaters”, they want for you total enslavement, the mark of the beast, and shortness of life.

  2. 29 June 2016 1:16 am

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    The serpent has lied to us from the beginning, and he is spending his latter days cast to earth pouring his wrath upon us, Rev. 12. His lies continue, increasing all the time using his servants to present his bait to hook us with lies to bring us to bell.

  3. 30 November 2016 12:38 pm

    Certainly Blake was ahead of his time and his psycholgy has something in common with Carl Jung. I’m presently writing a book about Modern Art and Angst (1800 onwards) and Blake features in it. I may put an extract on my blog!

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