VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

To The Evening Star

William Blake

Thou Fair-haired Angel of the Evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves; and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes

In timely sleep. Let thy West Wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And the lion glares through the dun forest:
The fleeces of the flocks are covered with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thine influence.

The evening star is the planet Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love. Although this is an early poem of Blake's, it is technically very mature and advanced: a sonnet by virtue of its fourteen lines but with no rhyme or regular rhythm. Lines ending "the" and "with" are common nowadays but were nearly unprecedented in 1783. Blake's decision to avoid rhyme in an evening poem may owe something to Collins's unrhymed "Ode to Evening".