"Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand"

Context: This poem, never revised for publication by Blake, is a series of disconnected aphoristic pronouncements condemning cruelty to animals, physical punishment, militarism, agnosticism. His sympathy is extended, for instance, to the caged robin, the starved dog, the misused horse, the hunted hare, the wounded skylark, the clipped game cock. And his wrath extends to man's misuse of man: "The prince's robes and beggar's rags/ Are toadstools on the miser's bags." The verse at the head of these maxim-like couplets describes the sensitive and imaginative insight which the poet develops as a means of universalizing his experiences, of perceiving the pattern of mankind's joy and agony, tragedy and triumph, in the individual incident. Blake writes:

To see a World in a grain of sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.