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SONGS OF INNOCENCE

1789

The Author and Printer—W. Blake


INTRODUCTION

Piping down the valleys wild,
 Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
 And he laughing said to me:


'Pipe a song about a Lamb!'
 So I piped with merry cheer.
'Piper, pipe that song again ';
 So I piped: he wept to hear.


'Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
 Sing thy songs of happy cheer!
So I sang the same again,
 While he wept with joy to hear


'Piper, sit thee down and write
 In a book that all may read.'
So he vanished from my sight;
 And I plucked a hollow reed,


And I made a rural pen,
 And I stained the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
 Every child may joy to hear.