To my dearest Friend, John Flaxman
I bless thee, O Father of Heaven and Earth! that ever I saw Flaxman's
Angels stand round my
spirit in Heaven; the blessèd of Heaven are my
friends upon Earth
When Flaxman was taken to Italy, Fuseli
was given to me for a season;
And now Flaxman hath given me Hayley, his friend, to be mine --
my lot upon Earth!
Now my lot in the Heavens is this: Milton lov'd me in childhood and
show'd me his
Ezra came with Isaiah the Prophet, but Shakespeare in riper years gave
me his hand;
and Behmen appear'd to me; terrors appear'd in the
The American War began; all its dark
horrors pass'd before my face
Across the Atlantic to France; then the French Revolution commenc'd
And my Angels have told me that, seeing such visions, I could not
subsist on the Earth,
by my conjunction with Flaxman, who knows to forgive
12 Sept., 1800
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