Verse > William Blake > Poetical Works
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Songs of Experience
A Poison Tree
 
I WAS 1 angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
 
And I water’d it in fears,        5
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunnèd it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
 
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;        10
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,
 
And into my garden stole
When the night had veil’d the pole:
In the morning glad I see        15
My foe outstretch’d beneath the tree.
 
Note 1. A Poison Tree] ‘Christian Forbearance’ MS. 4 A line drawn below this stanza in the MS. shows that Blake originally intended the poem to end at this point. 9 both] by MS. 11 And I gave it to my foe MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors