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William Blake (1757–1827). The Poetical Works. 1908.

Selections from ‘Milton’

[The Heavens and the Earth]

(Milton, f. 28, ll. 4–16.)

THE SKY is an immortal Tent built by the Sons of Los;

And every Space that a Man views around his dwelling-place,

Standing on his own roof, or in his garden on a mount

Of twenty-five cubits in height, such Space is his Universe:

And on its verge the Sun rises and sets, the Clouds bow

To meet the flat Earth and the Sea in such an order’d Space;

The Starry Heavens reach no further, but here bend and set

On all sides, and the two Poles turn on their valves of gold;

And if he move his dwelling-place, his Heavens also move

Where’er he goes, and all his neighbourhood bewail his loss.

Such are the Spaces callèd Earth, and such its dimension.

As to that false appearance which appears to the reasoner,

As of a Globe rolling thro’ Voidness, it is a delusion of Ulro.