1. The Tyger

From the recording English Poets

A musical setting of The Tyger, the famous poem by William Blake, written in 1794 as part of the Songs Of Experience collection. The poem is a sister poem to The Lamb, exploring the duality implicit in the same hand that creates beauty and also creates ferocity. The poem talks about fearful symmetry - the idea that a tiger can be both beautiful and deadly at the same time.
Sung here by English operatic Bass, Timothy Dawkins https://www.timothydawkins.com/#


Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?