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Poem by William Blake


Songs of Innocence. A Dream


Once a dream did weave a shade
O'er my angel-guarded bed,
That an emmet lost its way
Where on grass methought I lay.

Troubled, wildered, and forlorn,
Dark, benighted, travel-worn,
Over many a tangle spray,
All heart-broke, I heard her say:

'Oh my children! do they cry,
Do they hear their father sigh?
Now they look abroad to see,
Now return and weep for me.'

Pitying, I dropped a tear:
But I saw a glow-worm near,
Who replied, 'What wailing wight
Calls the watchman of the night?

'I am set to light the ground,
While the beetle goes his round:
Follow now the beetle's hum;
Little wanderer, hie thee home!' 



William Blake


William Blake's other poems:
  1. Songs of Experience. The Little Girl Found
  2. Songs of Experience. The Chimney Sweeper
  3. To the Accuser Who Is the God of This World
  4. Epigram
  5. Songs of Experience. Nurse's Song


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