Songs of Experience/Introduction

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Songs of Experience by William Blake
Introduction
This poem was published in Songs of Experience in 1794.

Edited text[1][edit]

Introduction.
 
Hear the voice of the Bard!
Who present, past, & future, sees;
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
10That walked among the ancient trees,

Calling the lapsed Soul,
And weeping in the evening dew;
That might controll
The starry pole,
10And fallen, fallen light renew!

"O Earth, O Earth, return!
"Arise from out the dewy grass;
"Night is worn,
"And the morn
15"Rises from the slumbrous mass.

"Turn away no more;
"Why wilt thou turn away?
"The starry floor,
"The wat'ry shore,
20"Is giv'n thee till the break of day."

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Original text[2][edit]

SONGS 30

Introduction.
 
Hear the voice of the Bard!
Who Present, Past, & Future sees
Whose ears have heard,
The Holy Word,
5That walk'd among the ancient trees.

Calling the lapsed Soul
And weeping in the evening dew:
That might controll,
The starry pole;
10And fallen fallen light renew!

O Earth O Earth return!
Arise from out the dewy grass;
Night is worn,
And the morn
15Rises from the slumberous mass,

Turn away no more:
Why wilt thou turn away
The starry floor
The watry shore
20Is giv'n thee till the break of day.

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Notes[edit]

  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 210.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 18.
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.