BLAKE, William – Songs of innocence (1790)

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    AAerendil Nubigena
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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 vanish'd from my sight;
    And I pluck'd a hollow reed,

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

    AAerendil Nubigena

    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.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    Infant Joy

    ‘I have no name:
    I am but two days old.’
    What shall I call thee?
    ‘I happy am,
    Joy is my name.’
    Sweet joy befall thee!

    Pretty joy!
    Sweet joy, but two days old.
    Sweet joy I call thee:
    Thou dost smile,
    I sing the while,
    Sweet joy befall thee!

    AAerendil Nubigena

    On Another's Sorrow

    Can I see another’s woe,
    And not be in sorrow too?
    Can I see another’s grief,
    And not seek for kind relief?

    Can I see a falling tear,
    And not feel my sorrow’s share?
    Can a father see his child
    Weep, nor be with sorrow fill'd?

    Can a mother sit and hear
    An infant groan, an infant fear?
    No, no! never can it be!
    Never, never can it be!

    And can He who smiles on all
    Hear the wren with sorrows small,
    Hear the small bird’s grief and care,
    Hear the woes that infants bear,

    And not sit beside the nest,
    Pouring pity in their breast;
    And not sit the cradle near,
    Weeping tear on infant’s tear;

    And not sit both night and day,
    Wiping all our tears away?
    O, no! never can it be!
    Never, never can it be!

    He doth give His joy to all;
    He becomes an infant small;
    He becomes a man of woe;
    He doth feel the sorrow too.

    Think not thou canst sigh a sigh,
    And thy Maker is not by:
    Think not thou canst weep a tear,
    And thy Maker is not near.

    O! He gives to us His joy
    That our grief he may destroy;
    Till our grief is fled & gone
    He doth sit by us and moan.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    The School Boy

    I love to rise in a summer morn,
    When the birds sing on every tree;
    The distant huntsman winds his horn,
    And the skylark sings with me:
    O what sweet company!

    But to go to school in a summer morn,—
    O it drives all joy away!
    Under a cruel eye outworn,
    The little ones spend the day
    In sighing and dismay.

    Ah then at times I drooping sit,
    And spend many an anxious hour;
    Nor in my book can I take delight,
    Nor sit in learning’s bower,
    Worn through with the dreary shower.

    How can the bird that is born for joy
    Sit in a cage and sing?
    How can a child, when fears annoy,
    But droop his tender wing,
    And forget his youthful spring?

    O father and mother, if buds are nipped,
    And blossoms blown away;
    And if the tender plants are stripped
    Of their joy in the springing day,
    By sorrow and care’s dismay,—

    How shall the summer arise in joy,
    Or the summer fruits appear?
    Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
    Or bless the mellowing year,
    When the blasts of winter appear?

    AAerendil Nubigena

    Holy Thursday

    Is this a holy thing to see
    In a rich and fruitful land,
    Babes reduced to misery
    Fed with cold and usurous hand?

    Is that trembling cry a song?
    Can it be a song of joy?
    And so many children poor?
    It is a land of poverty!

    And their sun does never shine.
    And their fields are bleak & bare.
    And their ways are fill'd with thorns.
    It is eternal winter there.

    For where’er the sun does shine,
    And where’er the rain does fall:
    Babe can never hunger there,
    Nor poverty the mind appall.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    Nurse's Song

    When the 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 cover'd with sheep.’

    ‘Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
    And then go home to bed.’
    The little ones leapèd, and shoutèd, and laugh'd
    And all the hills echoèd.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    Laughing Song

    When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
    And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
    When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
    And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

    When the meadows laugh with lively green,
    And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
    When Mary and Susan and Emily
    With their sweet round mouths sing ‘Ha, Ha, He!’

    When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
    Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread,
    Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
    To sing the sweet chorus of ‘Ha, Ha, He!’

    AAerendil Nubigena

    The Little Black Boy

    My mother bore me in the southern wild,
    And I am black, but O! my soul is white
    White as an angel is the English child:
    But I am black as if bereav'd of light.

    My mother taught me underneath a tree
    And sitting down before the heat of day
    She took me on her lap and kissed me,
    And pointing to the east began to say:

    Look on the rising sun: there God does live
    And gives his light, and gives his heat away
    And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive
    Comfort in morning joy in the noonday.

    And we are put on earth a little space
    That we may learn to bear the beams of love.
    And these black bodies and this sunburnt face
    Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove,

    For when our souls have learn'd the heat to bear
    The cloud will vanish we shall hear his voice,
    Saying: come out from the grove my love & care
    And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice.

    Thus did my mother say and kissed me.
    And thus I say to little English boy.
    When I from black and he from white cloud free,
    And round the tent of God like lambs we joy:

    I'll shade him from the heat till he can bear
    To lean in joy upon our fathers knee.
    And then I’ll stand and stroke his silver hair,
    And be like him and he will then love me.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    The Voice of the Ancient Bard

    Youth of delight! come hither
    And see the opening morn,
    Image of Truth new-born.
    Doubt is fled, and clouds of reason,
    Dark disputes and artful teazing.
    Folly is an endless maze;
    Tangled roots perplex her ways;
    How many have fallen there!
    They stumble all night over bones of the dead;
    And feel—they know not what but care;
    And wish to lead others, when they should be led.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    The Ecchoing Green

    The Sun does arise,
    And make happy the skies;
    The merry bells ring
    To welcome the Spring;
    The skylark and thrush,
    The birds of the bush,
    Sing louder around
    To the bells’ cheerful sound,
    While our sports shall be seen
    On the Ecchoing Green.

    Old John, with white hair,
    Does laugh away care,
    Sitting under the oak,
    Among the old folk.
    They laugh at our play,
    And soon they all say:
    ‘Such, such were the joys
    When we all, girls & boys,
    In our youth time were seen
    On the Ecchoing Green.’

    Till the little ones, weary,
    No more can be merry;
    The sun does descend,
    And our sports have an end.
    Round the laps of their mothers
    Many sisters and brothers,
    Like birds in their nest,
    Are ready for rest,
    And sport no more seen
    On the darkening Green.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    The Chimney Sweeper

    When my mother died I was very young,
    And my father sold me while yet my tongue
    Could scarcely cry ‘ 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!’
    So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.

    There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,
    That curl'd like a lamb’s back, was shav'd: so I said
    ‘Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head’s bare
    You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.’

    And so he was quiet, and that very night,
    As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight!—
    That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, and Jack,
    Were all of them lock'd up in coffins of black.

    And by came an Angel who had a bright key,
    And he open'd the coffins & set them all free;
    Then down a green plain leaping, laughing, they run
    And wash in a river, and shine in the Sun.

    Then naked & white, all their bags left behind,
    They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind;
    And the Angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy,
    He’d have God for his father, & never want joy.

    And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark,
    And got with our bags & our brushes to work.
    Tho' the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm;
    So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    The Divine Image

    To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
    All pray in their distress;
    And to these virtues of delight
    Return their thankfulness.

    For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
    Is God our Father dear,
    And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
    Is man, His child and care.

    For Mercy has a human heart,
    Pity, a human face,
    And Love, the human form divine,
    And Peace, the human dress.

    Then every man, of every clime,
    That prays in his distress,
    Prays to the human form divine,
    Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

    And all must love the human form,
    In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
    Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
    There God is dwelling too.

    AAerendil Nubigena

    A Dream

    Once a dream did weave a shade
    O’er my Angel-guarded bed,
    That an emmet lost its way
    Where on grass methought I lay.

    Troubled, 'wilder'd, and forlorn,
    Dark, benighted, travel-worn,
    Over many a tangled spray,
    All heart-broke I heard her say:

    ‘O, my children! do they cry?
    Do they hear their father sigh?
    Now they look abroad to see:
    Now return and weep for me.’

    Pitying, I dropp'd a tear;
    But I saw a glow-worm near,
    Who replied: ‘What wailing wight
    Calls the watchman of the night?

    ‘I am set to light the ground,
    While the beetle goes his round:
    Follow now the beetle’s hum;
    Little wanderer, hie thee home.’

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