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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: II. For Children
The Piper
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 sung 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 vanished from my sight;        15
And I plucked a hollow reed,
 
And I made a rural pen,
And I stained the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.        20
 
 
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