William Blake’s Sussex Cottage saved by The Blake Society and The Big Blake Project

A beautiful autumn morning begins with the news from The Blake Society and Rachel Searle of The Big Blake Project that William Blake’s Felpham cottage (pictured) has been saved and will be kept in trust for the nation.

Tim Heath, chairman of The Blake Society issued a statement on the Society’s website yesterday about the campaign to save Blake’s Sussex cottage where he wrote Jerusalem, which he started working on 22 years ago. Read here

To Autumn by William Blake 

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

‘The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.

`The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.’
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.