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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Extracts from Poetical Sketches: To the Muses
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
WHETHER on Ida’s shady brow,
  Or in the chambers of the East,
The chambers of the Sun that now
  From ancient melody have ceased;
 
Whether in Heaven ye wander fair,        5
  Or the green corners of the Earth,
Or the blue regions of the air,
  Where the melodious winds have birth;
 
Whether on crystal rocks ye rove
  Beneath the bosom of the sea,        10
Wandering in many a coral grove;
  Fair Nine, forsaking Poetry:
 
How have you left your ancient love
  That bards of old enjoyed in you!
The languid strings do scarcely move,        15
  The sound is forced, the notes are few.
 
 
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