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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Selections from ‘Milton’
[The Sea of Time and Space]
(Milton, f. 14, ll. 36–46.)

FIRST Milton saw Albion upon the Rock of Ages,
Deadly pale, outstretch’d, and snowy cold, storm-cover’d—
A Giant form of perfect beauty, outstretch’d on the Rock
In solemn death: the Sea of Time and Space thunder’d aloud
Against the Rock, which was enwrappèd with the weeds of Death.        5
Hovering over the cold bosom in its vortex, Milton bent down
To the bosom of Death: what was underneath soon seem’d above,
A cloudy heaven mingled with stormy seas in loudest ruin;
But as a wintry globe descends precipitant, thro’ Beulah bursting,
With thunders loud and terrible, so Milton’s Shadow fell        10
Precipitant, loud thund’ring, into the Sea of Time and Space.

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