Study Guide

Auguries of Innocence Tears Becoming Babes

By William Blake

Tears Becoming Babes

Every Tear from Every Eye
Becomes a Babe in Eternity.
This is caught by Females bright
And return'd to its own delight
. (67-70)

A tear of real joy or sadness is something that will bear fruit in eternity. It's a sign of humanity and it can only develop into something more substantial and divine. This is what Blake means by calling it a "babe." The "Females Bright" who catch the babe and return it are mythological figures—they're like a positive version of the Fates from Greek Mythology. They're helping to weave the fabric of human destiny.

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