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Blake

Several friends have posted poems by their favourite poets reflecting their feelings in the aftermath of the London bombs. I was reading William Blake today, and I came across this (from plate 31 of 'Jerusalem').

He came down from Highgate thro' Hackney & Holloway towards London
Till he came to old Stratford, & thence to Stepney & the Isle
Of Leutha's Dogs, thence thro' the narrows of the River's side
And saw every minute particular, the jewels of Albion, running down
The kennels of the streets & lanes as if they were abhorr'd...

And thus he spoke, looking on Albion's City with many tears:

'What shall I do? what could I do, if I could find these Criminals?
I could not dare to take vengeance...
Oh Albion, if thou takest vengeance, if thou revengest thy wrongs
Thou art for ever lost!

So spoke Los, travelling thro' darkness & solitude
And he beheld Jerusalem in Westminster & Marybone
Among the ruins of the Temple.
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