Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Tom Godfrey

Sydney, Australia

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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,
Ans water´d 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 forest of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake (1757-1827)

It seems fitting to use this famous poem by William Blake, in context with this pastel I did of these two, currently in a game park just outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Another threatened species, thanks to good old dumb mankind.

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