This poem, in its first published form is by the English poet and painter, William Blake (1757-1827). Blake was not highly recognised during his lifetime but is now regarded as a leading poet and painter of the Romantic Period. As an important printmaker, Blake, as he did for many others of his poems, produced the decoration himself. The poem discusses human and divine understanding and compassion. It was first published in 1789 as the last song in the ‘Songs of Innocence’ section, part of the collection ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’.