Ah! Sun-flower

Original Text: 
William Blake, Songs of Experience (1794). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
2Who countest the steps of the Sun:
3Seeking after that sweet golden clime
4Where the traveller's journey is done;
5Where the Youth pined away with desire,
6And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
7Arise from their graves and aspire
8Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.


1] In Ovid's Metamorphoses, IV.3, Clytia turned into a sun-flower, turning her head to the sun as it traveled across the sky, because her beloved Apollo the sun-god abandoned her. [IL] Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Northrop Frye; Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.284.