Poison Tree by William Blake

27 Jun

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe;
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I water’d it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with my smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veil’d the pole:
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch’d beneath the tree


Posted by on June 27, 2011 in William Blake Poetry


2 responses to “Poison Tree by William Blake

  1. thoughtsnotlost

    June 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Been awhile since I’ve read this one, what a masterpiece it is. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


    • Jeanie McBain

      June 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Thank you for your kind comments and for stopping by 🙂



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