The Argument

(1984)

"The Argument" is the first song of Bryant's song cycle The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

The Argument

The Argument
by William Blake


Rintrah roars & shakes his fires in the burden'd air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep
Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow.
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.
Then the perilous path was planted:
And a river, and a spring
On every cliff and tomb;
And on the bleached bones
Red clay brought forth.


Till the villain left the paths of ease,
To walk in perilous paths, and drive
The just man into barren climes.


Now the sneaking serpent walks
In mild humility.
And the just man rages in the wilds
Where lions roam.


Rintrah roars & shakes his fires in the burden'd air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep.


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