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Blake, William - Image of grief thy fading lineaments make my eyelids fail

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001926

Type of spiritual experience

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Blake's "Melancholy"...

A description of the experience

William Blake – from The Complete Poems

Image of grief thy fading lineaments make my eyelids fail
What have I done both rage and mercy are alike to me
Looking upon thee Image of faint waters.  I recoil
From my fierce rage into thy semblance..
Why does thy piteous face, vanish like a rainy cloud
Melting, a shower of falling tears, nothing but tears
Substanceless, voiceless, weeping, vanished, nothing but tears

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For now no more remained of her in the dismal air
Only a voice eternal wailing in the Elements

The source of the experience

Blake, William

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