Monday, February 3, 2014

as it flies

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise.

— William Blake


  1. Nice image, Ruth, and the wisdom, of course, is incontrovertible.

  2. Oooo - YES! "...kissing the joy as it flies, [living] in eternity's sunrise." Love this - goosebumps...

  3. I love these lines of William Blake and, as George writes, a profound truth is stated here, and in such a beautiful and economical way. (Add a few em-dashes and you've got Emily Dickinson! Never quite realised Blake's influence on ED before.)

  4. What a beautiful way to think about Joy, dear Ruth. And the image is gorgeous!

  5. This short verse just makes me sigh with happiness


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