Poems of William Blake

Author: William Blake


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 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:!"
So I sang 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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Chicago: William Blake, "Introduction," Poems of William Blake, trans. Evans, Sebastian in Poems of William Blake Original Sources, accessed December 6, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U8YTN9ZUUMEQFUT.

MLA: Blake, William. "Introduction." Poems of William Blake, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in Poems of William Blake, Original Sources. 6 Dec. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U8YTN9ZUUMEQFUT.

Harvard: Blake, W, 'Introduction' in Poems of William Blake, trans. . cited in , Poems of William Blake. Original Sources, retrieved 6 December 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=U8YTN9ZUUMEQFUT.