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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Reeds of Innocence
By William Blake (1757–1827)
PIPING down the valleys wild,
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me:
‘Pipe a song about a Lamb!’        5
So I piped with merry cheer.
‘Piper, pipe that song again;’
So I piped; he wept to hear.
‘Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
Sing thy songs of happy cheer:’        10
So I sang the same again,
While he wept with joy to hear.
‘Piper, sit thee down and write
In a book, that all may read.’
So he vanish’d from my sight,        15
And I pluck’d a hollow reed,
And I made a rural pen,
And I stain’d the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.        20

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