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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Later Poems
Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau
 
MOCK on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;
Mock on, mock on; ’tis all in vain!
You throw the sand against the wind,
And the wind blows it back again.
 
And every sand becomes a gem        5
Reflected in the beams divine;
Blown back they blind the mocking eye,
But still in Israel’s paths they shine.
 
The Atoms of Democritus
And Newton’s Particles of Light        10
Are sands upon the Red Sea shore,
Where Israel’s tents do shine so bright.
 
 
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