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Short poem

William Blake (1757-1827)

Ah! Sun-flower

              1Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
              2Who countest the steps of the Sun:
              3Seeking after that sweet golden clime
              4Where the traveller's journey is done;

              5Where the Youth pined away with desire,
              6And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
              7Arise from their graves and aspire
              8Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.


1] In Ovid's Metamorphoses, IV.3, Clytia turned into a sun-flower, turning her head to the sun as it traveled across the sky, because her beloved Apollo the sun-god abandoned her. [IL]

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Blake, Songs of Experience (1794). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
First publication date: 1794
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye, Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 3RP 2.284.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14*1:2003/7/22*1:2003/7/22

Rhyme: abab

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