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     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE
     
     THE TIGER
     
     Tiger, tiger, burning bright
     In the forest of the night,
     What immortal hand or eye
     Could Frame thy fearful symmetry?
     
     In what distant deeps or skies
     Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
     On what wings dare he aspire?
     What the hand dare seize the fire?
     
     And what shoulder and what art
     Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
     And, when thy heart began to beat,
     What dread hand and 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 watered heaven with their tears,
     Did he smile his work to see?
     Did he who made the lamb make thee?
     
     Tiger, tiger, burning bright
     In the forests of the night,
     What immortal hand or eye
     Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE

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