|Designs to a Series of Ballads Written by William Hayley
"Adam and the Animals"
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Information about this project is from: The Engravings of William Blake by Archibald G. B. Russell, Published 1912.
Legend on the page:
" Their strength, or speed, or vigilance, were giv'n
In aid of our defects. In some are found
Such teachable and apprehensive parts,
Match'd with th'expertness of the brutes in theirs
Are oft times vanquished and thrown far behind."
Cowper's "Task," Book VI.
Publish'd June 1 1802, by W. Blake, Felpham
Look for mentions of these and other animals in Blake's poetry.
Songs of Innocence, (E 15)
"SONGS 23 Little Girl Sweet and small, Cock does crow So do you. Merry voice Infant noise Merrily Merrily to welcome in the Year" Marriage of Heaven & Hell, Plate 9,(E 37) "When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius. lift up thy head!" Jerusalem, Plate 98, (E 258) "...And I heard Jehovah speak Terrific from his Holy Place & saw the Words of the Mutual Covenant Divine On Chariots of gold & jewels with Living Creatures starry & flaming With every Colour, Lion, Tyger, Horse, Elephant, Eagle Dove, Fly, Worm, And the all wondrous Serpent clothed in gems & rich array Humanize In the Forgiveness of Sins according to the Covenant of Jehovah."
Four Zoas, Page 128, (E 398) "So spoke the Sinless Soul & laid her head on the downy fleece Of a curld Ram who stretchd himself in sleep beside his mistress And soft sleep fell upon her eyelids in the silent noon of day" Vision of Last Judgment, (E 565) "The Horse never Envies the Peacock nor the Sheep the Goat but they Envy a Rival in Life & Existence whose ways & means exceed their own let him be of what Class of Animals he will a Dog will envy a Cat who is pamperd at the expense of his comfort"