Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

by William Blake


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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 cheer. 'Piper, pipe that song again.'. So I piped: he wept to hear.Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;Sing thy songs of happy cheer! 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 vanished from my sight; And I plucked a hollow reed,And I made a rural pen, And I stained the water clear, And I wrote my happy songs...

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ISBN-13: 9781673173215
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.08(d)

About the Author

Robert N. Essick, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of numerous books on William Blake.

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"[A] beautiful book. . . . Represent[s] these works faithfully in all their splendid color and detail."—The Bloomsbury Review

"A beautiful book that offers us both access to the text as originally intended and in-depth exegesis. . . . [An] essential book."—Times Literary Supplement (Tls)

"An intellectual and critical gem."—Blake: an Illustrated Quarterly

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