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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The Garden of Love
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
I WENT 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 turned 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.
 
 
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