Silent, Silent Night

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Notebook 14. "Silent, Silent Night..."
by William Blake
From Blake’s Notebook (c.1793), p. 113 reversed. See also: Songs and Ballads.
Notebook 14 - "Silent Silent Night..."


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Silent, Silent Night
Quench the holy light
Of thy torches bright.

For possess'd of Day
Thousand spirits stray
That sweet joys betray.

Why should joys be sweet
Used with deceit
Nor with sorrows meet?

But an honest joy
Does itself destroy
For a harlot coy.


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