Holy Thursday (Experience)

William Blake 1757 (Soho) – 1827 (London)



Is this a holy thing to see.
In a rich and fruitful land.
Babes reduced to misery.
Fed with cold and usurous hand?

Is that trembling cry a song?
Can it be a song of joy?
And so many children poor?
It is a land of poverty!

And their sun does never shine.
And their fields are bleak & bare.
And their ways are fill'd with thorns
It is eternal winter there.

For where-e'er the sun does shine.
And where-e'er the rain does fall:
Babe can never hunger there,
Nor poverty the mind appall.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB XXXA CDXD CEDE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 479
Words 96
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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