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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Songs of Experience
The Garden of Love
I WENT 1 to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.
And the gates of this Chapel were shut,        5
And ‘Thou shalt not’ writ over the door;
So I turn’d to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore;
And I saw it was fillèd with graves,
And tomb-stones where flowers should be;        10
And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars my joys and desires.
Note 1. The Garden of Love] Title wtg. in MS. 2 And saw] And I saw MS. 7 So I] And I MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]

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