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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Songs of Innocence
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,        5
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?        10
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        15
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.’        20
 
 
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