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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The Crystal Cabinet
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
THE MAIDEN caught me in the wild,
Where I was dancing merrily;
She put me in her cabinet,
And lock’d me up with a golden key.
 
This cabinet is form’d of gold        5
And pearl and crystal shining bright,
And within it opens into a world
And a little lovely moony night.
 
Another England there I saw,
Another London with its Tower,        10
Another Thames and other Hills
And another pleasant Surrey Bower,
 
Another maiden like herself,
Translucent, lovely, shining clear,
Threefold each in the other clos’d,—        15
O what a pleasant trembling fear!
 
O what a smile! a threefold smile
Fill’d me that like a flame I burn’d
I bent to kiss the lovely maid,
And found a threefold kiss return’d.        20
 
I strove to seize the inmost form
With ardour fierce and hands of flame,
But burst the Crystal Cabinet,
And like a weeping babe became—
 
A weeping babe upon the wild,        25
And weeping woman pale reclin’d,
And in the outward air again
I fill’d with woes the passing wind.
 
 
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