The Angel (Blake)

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Songs of Experience  (1794)  by William Blake
The Angel
This poem was published in Songs of Experience in 1794.
Blake's Plate of The Angel.

I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne’er beguiled!

And I wept both night and day,
And he wiped my tears away;
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.

So he took his wings, and fled;
Then the morn blushed rosy red.
I dried my tears, and armed my fears
With ten thousand shields and spears.

Soon my Angel came again;
I was armed, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,
And grey hairs were on my head.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.