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William Blake
Introduction (from Songs of Experience)
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Hear the voice of the Bard!
Who Present, Past, and Future sees,
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
That walk'd among the ancient trees;

Calling the lapsed Soul,
And weeping in the evening dew;
That might control
The starry pole,
And fallen fallen light renew!

"O Earth O Earth return!
Arise from out the dewy grass;
Night is worn,
And the morn
Rises from the slumberous mass.

"Turn away no more:
Why wilt thou turn away?
The starry floor
The watery shore
Is giv'n thee till the break of day."

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