The Clod and the Pebble

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Songs of Experience  (1794)  by William Blake
The Clod and the Pebble
This poem was published in Songs of Experience in 1794.

'Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell's despair.'

So sung a little clod of clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

'Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven's despite.'

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