Favourite Forever: William Blake: April/May 2015

 

Nurse’s Song (Innocence)

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When voices of children are heard on the green

And laughing is heard on the hill,

My heart is at rest within my breast

And everything else is still

 

Then come home my children the sun is gone down

And the dews of night arise

Come come leave off play, and let us away

Till the morning appears in the skies

No no let us play, for it is yet day

 

And we cannot go to sleep

Besides in the sky, the little birds fly

And the hills are all covered with sheep

Well well go & play till the light fades away

 

And then go home to bed

The little ones leaped & shouted & laugh’d

And all the hills echoed

 

 

 

 

My Pretty Rose Tree

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A flower was offered to me,

Such a flower as May never bore;

But I said ‘I’ve a pretty rose tree,’

And I passed the sweet flower o’er.

 

Then I went to my pretty rose tree,

To tend her by day and by night;

But my rose turned away with jealousy,

And her thorns were my only delight.

 

 

 

 

Love’s Secret

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Never seek to tell thy love,

Love that never told can be;

For the gentle wind does move Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love, I told her all my heart;

Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,

Ah! she did depart!

 

Soon as she was gone from me,

A traveler came by,

Silently, invisibly

He took her with a sigh.

 

 

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