William Blake Month: Gentle sleep the sleep of death


Like a reflection in a glass, like shadows in the water.
Like dreams of infants, like a smile upon an infant’s face.
Like the doves voice, like transient day, like music in the air:
Ah! gentle may I lay me down and gentle rest my head.
And gentle sleep the sleep of death.

(William Blake, excerpt from The Book of Thel.)

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