The Angel (Songs of Experience)

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William Blake: The Angel. Copy W[1]
William Blake: Rossetti Manuscript, 1793, No. 52, page p. 103 rev. - The Angel

"The Angel" is a poem written by the English poet William Blake. It was published as part of his collection Songs of Experience in 1794.

The Poem[edit]

I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne’er beguiled!

And I wept both night and day,
And he wiped my tears away;
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.

So he took his wings, and fled;
Then the morn blushed rosy red.
I dried my tears, and armed my fears
With ten thousand shields and spears.

Soon my Angel came again;
I was armed, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,
And grey hairs were on my head.


This is one of Blake's poems quoted by a character in David Almond's Skellig.


  1. ^ Copy W, c. 1825, King's College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.