William Blake

“Songs Of Innocence – Introduction”

Piping down the valleys wild
Piping songs of pleasant glee
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me,

“Pipe a song about a lamb”;
so I piped with merry chear.
“Piper pipe that song again”
-so I piped, he wept to hear.
“Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe
Sing thy songs of happy chear”;
So I sung the same again
While he wept with joy to hear.

“Piper sit thee down and write
in a book that all may read”
-So he vanish’d from my sight.
And I plucked a hollow reed,

And I made a rural pen,
And I stain’d the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.

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