Songs of Experience

by William Blake

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Introduction from Songs of Experience

Hear the voice of the Bard!
Who present, past, & future, sees;
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
",That walked among the ancient trees,

Calling the lapsed Soul,
And weeping in the evening dew;
That might controll
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 slumbrous mass.

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


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