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The Tyger

By William Blake from Notebook poems and fragments, c 1789-93. 2nd version

Tyger Tyger burning bright
In the forests of the night
What Immortal hand [or] & eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry.

Burnt in distant deeps or skies
The cruel fire of thine eyes
Could heart descend or wings aspire
What the hand dare sieze the fire

And what shoulder & what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart
And when thy heart began to beat
What dread hand & what dread feet.

When the stars threw down their spears
And waterd heaven with their tears
Did he smile his work to see
Did he who made the lamb make thee

Tyger Tyger burning bright
In the forests of the night
What immortal hand & eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry

The Tyger

By William Blake [from "Songs of Experience")

Tyger Tyger burning bright
In the forests of the night:
What Immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eye!
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger, Tyger burning bright
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?