William Blake

It’s the birthday of William Blake, (books by this author) born in London in 1757. He was a poet, a mystic, and an artist. When he was four, he told his parents that he saw God put his head in the window. And at age nine, he said that he saw a tree filled with angels. He wrote Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), which were both very popular. He used his famous process of illuminated printing to illustrate his poems.

He said, “For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.”

And,

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”

From The Writer’s Almanac

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