Hear the Voice

by William Blake & John Vanek



This track is a collaboration. William Blake wrote the words. John Vanek wrote the music. I have taken Blake's poem from The Introduction to the Songs of Innocence and Experience and set it to music.


Hear the voice of the Bard !
Who present, past, and future sees;
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word,
That walked among the ancient trees,

Calling the lapsed soul,
And weeping in the evening dew;
That might control
The starry pole,
And fallen, fallen, light renew!

'O Earth, O Earth, return!
Arise from out the dewy grass;
Night is worn,
And the morn
Rises from the slumberous mass.

'Turn away no more;
Why wilt thou turn away?
The starry floor,
The watery shore,
Is given thee till the break of day.'

William Blake


released October 29, 2018
Text by William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
Guitar & Vocals & Harmonica John Vanek


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John Vanek is a singer-songwriter, slide guitarist and keyboard player. He is also a London underground busker.

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