Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence, published in 1789, is a collection of lyrical poetry written and illustrated by William Blake. Blake believed that innocence and experience were "the two contrary states of the human soul." He also believed that true innocence was impossible without experience.

The verses in Songs of Innocence are about children or written from a child's perspective.

In 1794, Blake went on to publish Songs of Experience as a companion to this volume.

Table of Contents


The Shepherd

The Echoing Green

The Lamb

The Little Black Boy

The Blossom

The Chimney Sweeper

The Little Boy Lost

The Little Boy Found

Laughing Song

A Cradle Song

The Divine Image

Holy Thursday



Nurse's Song

Infant Joy

A Dream

On Another's Sorrow

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