The Garden of Love

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

I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen;
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And ‘Thou shalt not’ writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore.

And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tombstones where flowers should be;
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars my joys and desires.

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