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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
354. Reeds of Innocence
 
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 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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