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When I posted on Wednesday (May 19, 2010) on my blog about the forthcoming CD of Gerald Finley singing Britten's Songs & Proverbs of William Blake little did I suspect that a verse of "The Tyger" would figure so significantly in the season's final episode of The Mentalist shown on TV last night. All the more reason now to look forward to the release of Finley's recording.

In the meantime "The Tyger" is track number 8 on an MP3 album of Britten's Songs & Proverbs of William Blake sung by Kevin McMillan.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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