Note 1. A Cradle Song] Obviously designed as the contrary of A Cradle Song in the Songs of Innocence. As first written the poem consisted of stanzas i, iii, and iv; stanza ii was then added and the end of the song indicated by a new terminal line, while still later Blake appended a final stanza and numbered the whole in their present order. 14 The two couplets were originally written in reverse order. 2 Thou shalt taste the joys of night. MS. 1st rdg. del. 4 Thou wilt every secret keep MS. 1st rdg. del. Canst thou any secret keep MS. 2nd rdg. del. 8 Such as burning youth beguiles MS. 1st rdg. del. 9, 10
Yet a little while the moon
abandoned opening of this stanza.
9 feel] touch MS. 1st rdg. del.; stroke MS. 2nd rdg. del. 10 steal] broke MS. 1st rdg. del. 19 Infant infant] Female female MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]