A Poison Tree

by Daniel Knox

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A collection of instrumental pieces and 4 variations on two poems by William Blake.

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released July 5, 2006

Music by Daniel Knox.

Words by William Blake.

Photo by John Atwood.

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Track Name: A Poison Tree
i was angry with my friend:
i told my wrath, my wrath did end.
i was angry with my foe;
i told it not, my wrath did grow.

and I water'd it in fears,
night & morning with my tears;
and I sunned it with my smiles
and with soft deceitful wiles

and it grew both day and night,
till it bore an apple bright;
and my foe beheld it shine,
and he knew that it was mine,

and into my garden stole
when the night had veil'd the pole
in the morning glad I see
my foe outstretch'd beneath the tree
Track Name: Infant Sorrow
my mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt;
helpless, naked, piping loud,
like a fiend hid in a cloud.

struggling in my father's hands,
striving against my swaddling bands,
bound and weary, I thought best
yo sulk upon my mother's breast.
Track Name: A Poison Tree*
i was angry with my friend
i told my wrath, my wrath did end.
i was angry with my foe;
i told it not, my wrath did grow.

and I water'd it in fears,
night & morning with my tears;
and I sunned it with my smiles
and with soft deceitful wiles

and it grew both day and night,
till it bore an apple bright;
and my foe beheld it shine,
and he knew that it was mine,

and into my garden stole
when the night had veil'd the pole
in the morning glad I see
my foe outstretch'd beneath the tree
Track Name: Infant Sorrow*
my mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt;
helpless, naked, piping loud,
like a fiend hid in a cloud.

struggling in my father's hands,
striving against my swaddling bands,
bound and weary, I thought best
yo sulk upon my mother's breast.