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The Littel Black Boy | Poem William Blake

The little black boy

William Blake was born in 1757 in London. He received no formal education owing to family circumstances.he was mystic and a visionary, influenced by swedenborg, a swedish scientist and philosopher. blake developed his own mythology and the stamp of his distinctive mysticism is clearly visible in all his work. He died in 1827. This poem deals with the black boy who fails to understand the distinction among is the faces-blacks and whites, as explained by his mother. His craving for love is also evident in the poem.

William Blake The little black boy
William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but oh! My soul is white.
White as an Angel is the English child.
But I am black, as brave'd of light.

My mother thought me underneath a tree.
And, sitting down before the heat of the day,
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
And, pointing to the east, begin to say:

'look on the rising sun: there god does live,
And gives his light, and gives his heat away;
And flowers and trees and beasts and man receive
Comfort in morning,  joy in the noonday.

'and we are put on the earth our little space
That we may learn to bear the beams of love
And this black bodies and this sunburnt face
Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.

' for when our souls have learn'd heat to bear,
The cloud will vanish, we shall hear his voice,
Saying, "come out from the grove, my love and care,
And round my Golden tent like lamps rejoice",'

Thus did my mother say, and kissed me;
And thus I say to little English boy:
When I from black and he from white cloud free,
And round the tent of God like lamps we joy
I'll shade him from the heat, still he can bear
To lean in joy upon our father's knee;
And then I'll stand and stroke his silver hair
And be like him, and he will then love me.

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