The sword sung on the barren heath

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Notebook 39. "The sword sung on the barren heath..."
by William Blake
From Notebook, p. 105, reversed. See also Songs and Ballads
Notebook 39 - The sword sung on the barren heath

1st reading:[1][edit]


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The sword sung on the barren heath,
The sickle in the fruitful field:
The sword he sung a song of death,
But could not make the sickle yield.

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2nd reading:[2][edit]


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The sword sung on the barren heath
The sickle in the fruitful field
The sword he sung a song of death
But could not make the sickle yield[3]

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  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 178.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 473
  3. "The sword sung on the barren heath..." N 105 revl
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.