The Shepherd (Blake)

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This poem was published in Songs of Innocence in 1789.

Blake's plate of The Shepherd
A recording of "The Shepherd" by William Blake

The Shepherd

How sweet is the Shepherd’s sweet lot!
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lamb's innocent call,
And he hears the ewe's tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.