Friday, March 6, 2015

Reverence for Life - 25 Couplets

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Selected from Auguries of Innocence by William Blake  

A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.

A dove house filled with doves & pigeons
Shudder Hell thro’ all its regions.

A dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.

Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear.

A Skylark wounded in the wing,
A Cherubim does cease to sing.

The Game Cock clip’d & arm’d to fight
Does the Rising Sun Affright.

Every Wolf’s & Lion’s howl
Raises from Hell a Human Soul.

The wild deer wand’ring here & there
Keeps the Human Soul from Care.

The Lamb misus’d breeds Public strife,
And yet forgives the Butcher’s Knife.

The Bat that flies at close of Eve
Has led the Brain that won’t Believe.

The owl that calls upon the Night
Speaks the Unbelievers’ fright.

He who shall hurt the little Wren
Shall never be belov’d by Men.

He who the Ox to wrath has mov’d
Shall never be by Woman lov’d.

The wanton Boy that kills the fly
Shall feel the Spider’s enmity.

He who torments the Chafer’s sprite
Weaves a Bower in endless Night.

The Caterpillar on the Leaf
Repeats to thee thy Mother’s grief.

Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly,
For the last Judgment draweth nigh.

He who shall train the Horse to war
Shall never pass the Polar Bar.

The Beggar’s Dog & Widow’s Cat,
Feed them & thou wilt grow fat.

The Gnat that sings his Summer song
Poison gets from Slander’s tongue.

The poison of the Snake & Newt
Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot.

The poison of the Honey Bee
Is the Artist’s jealousy.

The Prince’s Robes & Beggar’s Rags
Are Toadstools on the Miser’s Bags.

The Bleat, the Bark, Bellow & Roar
Are waves that Beat on Heaven’s Shore.

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English painter, poet and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His notable works are Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Four Zoas, Jerusalem, Milton.

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