Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Wednesday Gravestoneblogging

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night
If you come too late to see my bones
They'll lock you in with me, alone


(Lesson for all visitors: Don't wander into a London cemetery after 4 p.m.)

William Blake's remains are in Bunhill Cemetery, in (somewhat) Central London (technically in Islington). He shares a resting place with Isaac Watts, Susanna Wesley (mother of John and Charles), Daniel Defoe (but not Willem Dafoe), and John Bunyan.

Obviously, I did make it out of the cemetery. The attendant who failed to notice I was in the cemetery when he locked the gate finally noticed me as I was standing at the gate, considering how I could scale the fence to escape. It was one of those metal ones with the spikes at the top. I really didn't want to end up like the infamous "Spike Boy" of New York fame, so it was a relief to be able to walk out through an unlocked gate.

2 Comments:

Blogger Middle Kid said...

When I come to visit, you'll have to take me there. I'm a big Blake fan, and I at least liked "Moll Flanders" so I wouldn't mind seeing Defoe's grave. Let's leave before they close, though.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Good thing for you that you can be at Blake's tombstone, touch it, and then reach over and touch Defoe's. They're that close.

8:54 PM  

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