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William Blake

Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time’s swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things: all were eternal torment. — William Blake, from “Milton,” Milton, A Poem (The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 5) Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (September 4, 1998) Originally published 1810.

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George Gordon Byron

The poet meant, no doubt, and thus appeals       To the good sense and senses of mankind, The very thing which every body feels,       As all have found on trial, or may find, That no one likes to be disturb’d at meals       Or love. — I won’t say more about “entwined” Or “transport,”… Continue reading George Gordon Byron

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John Keats

When by my solitary hearth I sit, And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom; When no fair dreams before my ‘mind’s eye’ flit, And the bare heath of life presents no bloom; Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed, And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head. — John Keats, from “To Hope” (February,… Continue reading John Keats

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William Blake

Cruelty has a human heart And jealousy a human face, Terror the human form divine, And secrecy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace seal’d, The human heart its hungry gorge. — William Blake, from “The Divine Image,” Songs of Innocence and… Continue reading William Blake

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