The Land of Dreams by William Blake
The author establishes the Land of Dreams as a space that imparts knowledge and experience. This dream space reflects, similarly, the longing for transcendence as well as a yearning for happiness. Also, the Land of Dreams, functions as a halfway expanse, a passage. In this intermediate space, imagination is the path to learn and to experience things that can’t be encountered in the everyday world. Therefore, ‘The Land of Dreams’ shows a tension between the dream, with its own space and peculiarities, and the daytime… read more
Awake, awake my little boy!
Thou wast thy Mother’s only joy:
Why dost thou weep in thy gentle sleep?
Awake! thy Father does thee keep.
“O, what land is the Land of Dreams?
What are its mountains, and what are its streams?
O Father, I saw my Mother there,
Among the lillies by waters fair.
Among the lambs clothed in white
She walked with her Thomas in sweet delight.
I wept for joy, like a dove I mourn –
O when shall I return again?”
Dear child, I also by pleasant streams
Have wandered all night in the Land of Dreams;
But though calm and warm the waters wide,
I could not get to the other side.
Father, O Father, what do we here,
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far
Above the light of the Morning Star.