I laid me down upon a bank

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Blake's manuscript: "I laid me down upon a bank..."

1st reading:[1][edit]

(Edited text)

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I laid me down upon a bank
Where love lay sleeping.
I heard among the rushes dank
Weeping, Weeping.

5Then I went to the heath & the wild
To the thistles & thorns of the waste
And they told me how they were beguil'd
Driven out, & compeld to be chaste.

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2nd reading:[2][edit]

(The original text)

* * *

I laid me down upon a bank
Where love lay sleeping
I heard among the rushes dank
Weeping Weeping

5Then I went to the heath & the wild
To the thistles & thorns of the waste
And they told me how they were beguild
Driven out & compeld to be chaste

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Notes[edit]

  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 162.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 468.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.