Never pain to tell thy Love

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From Blake’s Notebook (c. 1793), p.115 reversed. See also: Songs and Ballads.

Blake's manuscript: "Never pain to tell thy love..."

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Never pain[2] to tell thy Love
Love that never told can be
For the gentle wind does move
Silently invisibly

5 I told my love I told my love
I told her all my heart
Trembling cold in ghastly fears
Ah she doth depart

Soon as she was gone from me
10 A traveller came by
Silently invisibly
O was no deny[3]


The first four lines were deleted line by line in the manuscript. However in the most of editions they were restored by the editors.

  1. W. B. Yeats published it with the title Love's Secret ("Poems of William Blake", George Routledge & Sons Ltd. 1905).
  2. seek (deleted)
  3. He took her with a sigh (deleted)

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.