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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems
Silent, silent Night
 
SILENT, silent Night,
Quench the holy light
Of thy torches bright;
 
For possess’d of Day,
Thousand spirits stray        5
That sweet joys betray.
 
Why should joys be sweet
Usèd with deceit,
Nor with sorrows meet?
 
But an honest joy        10
Does itself destroy
For a harlot coy.
 
 
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