There are several examples of Biblical references alluded to in the readings. William Blake does a very good job tying in the scriptures into his work. For example, in The Lamb, Blake writes, “For he calls himself a Lamb, He is meek & he is mild, He became a little child….” These are clearly in reference to Jesus. Jesus in the Bible is known as the Lamb of God.
The other poem by Blake, The Little Black Boy, has one line that reminds me of the verse in Psalm 51:7. The line from the poem reads, “And I am black, but O! my soul is white…” and the verse from Psalm which reads, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” This same line from the poem and verse also reminds me of countless worship songs and hymns that speak about God cleansing us and making us to be white as snow. One of my all time favorites is “Jesus Paid It All.”
I believe God wants us to enjoy and appreciate nature because it is God’s creation. God’s splendor is displayed for all to see through nature. It is the point in time when we replace our love for God with our love of nature that it becomes displeasing to God. God is a jealous God and he wants our love and affection to be focused on him before it is ever focused on any other thing, including His creation. I personally do not believe these authors are guilty of displeasing God through their love of nature.
Katherine, I really enjoyed reading through your post and I thought you had some very good insight. When I read through “The Clod & the Pebble,” those first two lines you stated reminded me of 1 Corinthians 13:5 as well. It is interesting to see that many Christians quote that particular passage, but how many actually take it to heart? I am guilty of it myself. It is easy to love people when they are making us happy but what about when they work our last nerve or do us wrong, not so easy to show true love towards them. I really love the connection you made...