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Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
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He is a master of wordplay.

The words flow like a fluid river.
They sing songs of timeless times.
To know nothing and remain innocent,
or to experience everything.

Here are my favorite excerpts:
Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another’s loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven’s despite.’


The gods of the earth and sea
Sought through nature to find this tree,
But their search was all in vain:
There grows one in the human Brain.


Children of the future age,
Reading this indignant page,
Know that in a former time Love,
sweet love, was thought a crime.
In the age of gold,
Free from winter’s cold,
Youth and maiden bright,
To the holy light,
Naked in the sunny beams delight.
Once a youthful pair,
Filled with softest care,
Met in garden bright
Where the holy light
Had just removed the curtains of the night.


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!


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November 30, 2019 – Shelved
November 30, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 1, 2019 – Started Reading
December 1, 2019 – Finished Reading

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