The Fly (Blake)

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Songs of Experience by William Blake
The Fly
This poem was published in Songs of Experience in 1794.
Blake's Plate of The Fly'.

Little Fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance,
And drink, and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath,
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly.
If I live,
Or if I die.

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