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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Selections from ‘Milton’
(Milton, f. 20, ll. 15–25.)

I AM that Shadowy Prophet, who, six thousand years ago,
Fell from my station in the Eternal bosom. Six thousand years
Are finish’d. I return! Both Time and Space obey my will.
I in six thousand years walk up and down; for not one moment
Of Time is lost, nor one event of Space unpermanent;        5
But all remain; every fabric of six thousand years
Remains permanent: tho’ on the Earth, where Satan
Fell and was cut off, all things vanish and are seen no more,
They vanish not from me and mine; we guard them first and last.
The Generations of Men run on in the tide of Time,        10
But leave their destin’d lineaments permanent for ever and ever.
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