To the Muses

William Blake 1757 (Soho) – 1827 (London)

Whether on Ida's shady brow,
  Or in the chambers of the East,
  The chambers of the sun, that now
  From ancient melody have ceas'd;

  Whether in Heav'n ye wander fair,
  Or the green corners of the earth,
  Or the blue regions of the air,
  Where the melodious winds have birth;

  Whether on crystal rocks ye rove,
  Beneath the bosom of the sea
  Wand'ring in many a coral grove,
  Fair Nine, forsaking Poetry!

  How have you left the ancient love
  That bards of old enjoy'd in you!
  The languid strings do scarcely move!
  The sound is forc'd, the notes are few!

Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)
 

Submitted on May 13, 2011

135 Views

William Blake

William Blake was an English poet, painter and printmaker. more…

All William Blake poems | William Blake Books

FAVORITE (1 fan)

Translation

Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss this William Blake poem with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"To the Muses" Poetry.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 14 Aug. 2020. <https://www.poetry.net/poem/39208/to-the-muses>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest poetry community and poems collection on the web!

Our awesome collection of

Promoted Poems

»

Our favorite collection of

Famous Poets

»

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.