William Blake (1757-1827)

"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water,
and breeds reptiles of the mind
."


"The Vision of Christ that thou dost see
Is my Vision's Greatest Enemy:
Thine loves the same world that mine hates,
Thy Heaven doors are my Hell Gates.
Socrates thought what Meletus
Loath'd as a Nation's bitterest Curse,
And Caiaphas was in his own Mind
A benefactor to Mankind.
Both read the Bible day and night,
But they read'st black where I read white."

"This Life's five Windows of the Soul
Distants the Heavens from Pole to Pole
And leads you to Believe a Lie
When you see with, not thro' the Eye
That was born in a night, to perish in a night
When the Soul slept in the beams of Light."

"If you trap the moment before it's ripe,
The tears of repentance you'll certainly wipe;
But if once you let the ripe moment go
You can never wipe off the tears of woe."