Monday, November 17, 2008

William Blake Laughing Song

This blog is still very much under construction. I had two different ideas for posts this evening and I just could not get my thoughts to congeal. So again I will leave you with the immortal prose of William Blake. At my blog I hope to be posting poetry and prose from many different authors from the ancient to the modern, William Blake just happens to be one of my favorites. Hopefully a more content heavy post will be coming in a few days.

When the green woods laugh, with the voice of joy
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by,
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.

When the meadows laugh with lively green
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing Ha, Ha, He.

When the painted birds laugh in the shade
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread,
Come live & be merry and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of Ha, Ha, He.


Anadæ Quenyan Effro said...

First thyme posting here, Devin; William Blake's one of my all-time faves, too. Don't forget his "Jerusalem", a church hymn much loved in Anglican services & an homage to British Israelism, that the British Prog Rock power trio, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, immortalized on their Lp, "Brain Salad Surgery", the cover art for which introduced a whole generation to the dark art of one Swiss Thelemite, HR Giger, well in advance of his commission to design horror cinema's favorite 1980's beastie, Alien! Blake WAS quite the visionary who traded off much of Christianity's iconography whilst still chiding Churchianity itself. Thanks for posting this, Devin, it was a joy to read. And don't forget how any of the angels in Anne Rice's novels were aspected exactly as were Blake's. How cool is that?!

From high atop Apple Mountain,

Devin said...

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment and information! I do hope to be posting much by William Blake here and others. HR Giger was a Swiss Thelemite? Fascinating-thanks for stopping by! Devin