This poem was published in Songs of Innocence in 1789.
‘Father! father! where are you going?
O do not walk so fast.
Speak, father, speak to your little boy,
Or else I shall be lost.’
The night was dark, no father was there;
The child was wet with dew;
The mire was deep, and the child did weep,
And away the vapour flew.
This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.