William Blake

Lover's Secret

William Blake is an author known for his romantic and lyrical poetry, born to London is 1757 where he was raised a devout Catholic.  His father was a successful London hosier who encouraged his son’s artistic talents (unlike most parents these days).  His mother educated him at home before he was sent to Henry Pars’ drawing school–where he first claimed to have visions of religious figures.  These figures included, but were not limited to, angels, ghosts, and the Virgin Mary.

Blake published many works although never being able to overcome poverty because he preferred to publish by himself rather than as a collaboration with other poets.  He was never recognized during his lifetime as a brilliant poet, but today he is highly rated as both a poet and an artist.

Lover’s Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind doth move
Silently, invisibly.
I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart,
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears.
Ah! She did depart!
Soon after she was gone from me,
A traveler came by,
Silently, invisibly:
He took her with a sigh.

Blake died on August 12, 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave at the public cemetery of Bunhill Fields.

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