8] seize the fire: a reference to the myth of Prometheus.
17] stars: i.e., angels, fighting in the original war in heaven.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: William Blake, Songs of Experience (1794). Cf. 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
RP edition: 3RP 2.283.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/15
Form: Long Hymnal Measure
Other poems by William Blake