I went to the Garden of Love, and saw what I never had seen: A chapel was built in the midst, where I used to play on the green. And the gates of this chapel were shut, and "Thou shalt not" writ over the door; So I turn'd to the Garden of Love, that so many, many sweet flowers bore; And I saw it was filled with graves, and tombstones where flowers should be; and priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, and binding with briars my joys and desires.
Two Prophetic Songs
Song Cycle by Poul Rovsing Olsen (1922 - 1982)
1. The Garden of Love  [sung text not yet checked]
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "The Garden of Love", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Experience, no. 16, first published 1794 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Garten der Liebe", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
2. Come, o Lamb of God  [sung text not yet checked]
Come Lord Jesus, Lamb of God descend! for if; O Lord! If thou hadst been here, our brother Albion had not died. Arise sisters! Go ye & meet the Lord, while I remain-- Behold the foggy mornings of the Dead on Albions cliffs! Ye know that if the Emanation remains in them: She will become an Eternal Death, an Avenger of Sin A Self-righteousness: the proud Virgin-Harlot! Mother of War! And we also & all Beulah, consume beneath Albions curse.
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), no title, appears in Jerusalem [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]