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Blake, William - Thou knowest that the ancient trees seen by thine eyes have fruit

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001927

Type of spiritual experience

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Blake's "The Sun at his Eastern Gate"...

A description of the experience

William Blake – from The Complete Poems

Thou knowest that the ancient trees seen by thine eyes have fruit
But knowest thou that trees and fruits flourish upon the earth
To gratify senses unknown?  Trees beast and birds unknown
Unknown, not unperceived, spread in the infinite microscope
In places yet unvisited by the voyager and in worlds
Over another kind of sea and in atmospheres unknown
Ah! Are there other wars, besides the wars of sword and fire?
And are there other sorrows, besides the sorrows of poverty?
And are there other joys, beside the joys of riches and ease?
And is there not one law for both the lion and the ox?
And is there not eternal fire, and eternal chains?
To bind the phantoms of existence from eternal life

The source of the experience

Blake, William

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