Introduction to the Songs of Innocence

William Blake 1757 (Soho) – 1827 (London)

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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