William Blake: Poems

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 12 MSS.Add.8457 and 8522
  • Dates of Creation
      19th century-c. 1905
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 portfolio and 1 volume

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8457: 'The shepherd' and 'The echoing green', copies by Edward Johnston of two poems by William Blake, c. 1905, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8522: 'When Klopstock England defied', a poem transcribed by A.C. Swinburne during the nineteenth century from p. 5 of the Rossetti MS of William Blake, 1 portfolio.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Blake (1757-1827), poet and painter, was born at Broad Street, London, on 28 November 1757. He served an apprenticeship under the engraver James Basire, 1771-1778, before attending the Royal Academy of Arts. Blake developed a reputation as a painter and engraver through his contributions to works such as Inventions to book of Job, and exhibited his work at the Royal Academy, 1780-1808. He died at Broad Street on 12 August 1827.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Blake in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. II (London, 1908), pp. 642-646.

Other Finding Aids


Custodial History

MS.Add.8522 was purchased by Sir Geoffrey Keynes from Percy Muir, Takeley.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds doodles by Edward Johnston, MS.Add.8475.


MS.Add.8457 is no. 25 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p 5. MS.Add.8522 is part of no. 502 in Keynes, p. 54.