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Poem by William Blake


Songs of Innocence. A Cradle Song


Sweet dreams, form a shade
Oer my lovely infants head;
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams.

Sweet Sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet Sleep, Angel mild,
Hover oer my happy child.

Sweet smiles, in the night
Hover over my delight;
Sweet smiles, mothers smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes.
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Sleep, sleep, happy child,
All creation slept and smil'd;
Sleep, sleep, happy sleep,
While oer thee thy mother weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Holy image I can trace.
Sweet babe, once like thee,
Thy Maker lay and wept for me,

Wept for me, for thee, for all,
When He was an infant small.
Thou His image ever see,
Heavenly face that smiles on thee

Smiles on thee, on me, on all;
Who became an infant small.
Infant smiles are His own smiles;
Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.



William Blake

Poem Theme: Lullabies

William Blake's other poems:
  1. Songs of Experience. The Chimney Sweeper
  2. Songs of Experience. The Little Girl Found
  3. Songs of Experience. Nurse's Song
  4. Epigram
  5. Eternity


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