I asked a thief to steal me a peach

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Notebook 7. I asked a thief to steal me a peach
by William Blake
From Blake’s Notebook (c.1793), p. 114, reversed. See also: Songs and Ballads.
Blake's manuscript: "I asked a thief to steal me a peach..."


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I asked a thief to steal me a peach;
He turned up his eyes.
I ask’d a lithe lady to lie her down;
Holy & meek she cries.

As soon as I went
An angel came;
He wink’d at the thief
And smil’d at the dame,

And without one word said
Had a peach from the tree,
And still as a maid
Enjoy’d the lady.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.