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Blake, William: The Crystal Cabinet

Portre of Blake, William

The Crystal Cabinet (English)

The Maiden caught me in the wild,

Where I was dancing merrily;

She put me into her Cabinet,

And lock'd me up with a golden key.


This Cabinet is form'd of gold

And pearl and crystal shining bright,

And within it opens into a world

And a little lovely moony night.


Another England there I saw,

Another London with its Tower,

Another Thames and other hills,

And another pleasant Surrey bower,


Another Maiden like herself,

Translucent, lovely, shining clear,

Threefold each in the other clos'd--

O, what a pleasant trembling fear!


O, what a smile! a threefold smile

Fill'd me, that like a flame I burn'd;

I bent to kiss the lovely Maid,

And found a threefold kiss return'd.


I strove to seize the inmost form

With ardour fierce and hands of flame,

But burst the Crystal Cabinet,

And like a weeping Babe became--


A weeping Babe upon the wild,

And weeping Woman pale reclin'd,

And in the outward air again

I fill'd with woes the passing wind.

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