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

Selections from ‘Jerusalem’

[The Universal Family]

(Jerusalem, f. 38. ll. 14–26.)

OUR Wars are wars of life, and wounds of love,

With intellectual spears, and long wingèd arrows of thought.

Mutual in one another’s love and wrath all renewing,

We live as One Man: for, contracting our Infinite senses,

We behold multitude; or, expanding, we behold as One,

As One Man all the Universal Family; and that One Man

We call Jesus the Christ. And He in us, and we in Him,

Live in perfect harmony in Eden, the land of Life,

Giving, receiving, and forgiving each other’s trespasses.

He is the Good Shepherd, He is the Lord and Master;

He is the Shepherd of Albion, He is all in all,

In Eden, in the garden of God, and in heavenly Jerusalem.

If we have offended, forgive us! take not vengeance against us!