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William Blake
Introduction (from Songs of Innocence)
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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'';
So I piped with a merry chear.
"Piper pipe that song again" -
So I piped, he wept to hear.

"Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe
Sing thy songs of happy chear'';
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.
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.

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