Favourite Poems XLVII

A poem for a Saturday morning. Just because.

To Winter

O winter! bar thine adamantine doors:
The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark
Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs
Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.

He hears me not, but o’er the yawning deep
Rides heavy; his storms are unchain’d, sheathed
In ribbed steel; I dare not lift mine eyes;
For he hath rear’d his sceptre o’er the world.

Lo! now the direful monster, whose skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o’er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and in his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.

He takes his seat upon the cliffs, the mariner
Cries in vain. Poor little wretch! that deal’st
With storms, till heaven smiles, and the monster
Is driven yelling to his caves beneath Mount Hecla.

— William Blake (1783)

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  1. #1 by Jennifer Olin, RN on Saturday 11 February 2012 - 1421

    You win this one time English major’s heart. Blake, he did have a way with words. However, being in Houston these days I sure miss a little unchained storms like I found living in New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.

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