Ashley Edmonds

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

William Blake "Night"

The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest,
And I must seek for mine.
The moon, like a flower,
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy groves,
Where flocks have took delight.
Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves
The feet of angels bright;
Unseen they pour blessing,
And joy without ceasing,
On each bud and blossom,
And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest,
Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
To keep them all from harm.
If they see any weeping
That should have been sleeping,
They pour sleep on their head,
And sit down by their bed.

When wolves and tigers howl for prey,
They pitying stand and weep;
Seeking to drive their thirst away,
And keep them from the sheep.
But if they rush dreadful,
The angels, most heedful,
Receive each mild spirit,
New worlds to inherit.

And there the lion's ruddy eyes
Shall flow with tears of gold,
And pitying the tender cries,
And walking round the fold,
Saying, "Wrath, by His meekness,
And, by His health, sickness
Is driven away
From our immortal day.

"And now beside thee, bleating lamb,
I can lie down and sleep;
Or think on Him who bore thy name,
Graze after thee and weep.
For, washed in life's river,
My bright mane for ever
Shall shine like the gold
As I guard o'er the fold."

Night by William Blake comes from the 1794 Songs of Innocence and Experience. As I am interested in the psychology side of things I chose to ask the indispensable questions. What trials or ordeals does the protagonist face? What is the reward for overcoming theme? Knowing that Songs of Innocence and Experience collection symbolizes the innocent, pastoral world of childhood against an adult world of corruption and repression. "Night" is also a good example of this and I plan on using that assumption to answer the essential questions raised.


  1. Ashley, Overall this looks really good. The only source that seems a little iffy to me is the last one (eliteskills). Be sure to apply the reliability check from the McGraw-Hill Handbook to this one before using it in your essay.

  2. This is beautiful! The bright colors and your wording entices me to read further. I admire your use of the English language and broad array of wording. Reading this poem makes me envious of your use of the vocabulary. I hope that I may grow my own vocabulary through this class.