Poet: William Blake
Dates: 28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827
Title of Poem: The Birds
He. Where thou dwellest, in what grove,
Tell me Fair One, tell me Love;
Where thou thy charming nest dost build,
O thou pride of every field!
She. Yonder stands a lonely tree,
There I live and mourn for thee;
Morning drinks my silent tear,
And evening winds my sorrow bear.
He. O thou summer’s harmony,
I have liv’d and mourn’d for thee;
Each day I mourn along the wood,
And night hath heard my sorrows loud.
She. Dost thou truly long for me?
And am I thus sweet to thee?
Sorrow now is at an end,
O my Lover and my Friend!
He. Come, on wings of joy we’ll fly
To where my bower hangs on high;
Come, and make thy calm retreat
Among green leaves and blossoms sweet.
Title of Artwork: Illustration to Dante’s Divine Comedy
Brief Biography: Blake was a poet, painter and printmaker. He was largely unrecognised in his lifetime but is now considered major figure in the history of poetry and visual arts.