Comparison Of Blake's "Songs Of Innocence And Songs Of Experience" Both Poems Included

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Introduction (Innocence)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 chear.'Piper, pipe that song again;'So I piped, he wept to hear.'Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;Sing thy songs of happy chear:'So I sung the same again,While he wept with joy to hear.'Piper, sit thee down and writeIn 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 songsEvery child may joy to hear.Introduction (Experience)Hear the voice of the Bard!Who Present, Past, & Future, sees;Whose ears have heardThe Holy WordThat walk'd among the ancient trees,Calling the lapsed Soul,And weeping in the evening dew;That might controllThe 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 slumberous 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.'The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence)When my mother died I was very young,And my father sold me while yet my tongueCould scarcely cry ''weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!'So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,That curl'd like a lamb's back, was shav'd: so I said'Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bareYou know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.'And so he was quiet & that very night,As Tom was a-sleeping , he had such a sight!That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned & Jack,Were all of them lock'd up in coffins of black.And by came an Angel who had a bright key,And he open'd the coffins & set them free;The down a green plain leaping, laughing, they run,And wash in a river, and shine in the Sun.Then naked & white, all their bags left behind,They rise upon the clouds and sport in the wind;And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy,He'd have God for his father & never want joy.And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark,And got with our bags & our brushes to work.Tho' the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm;So if all do their duty they need not fear harm.The Chimney Sweeper (Experience)A little black thing among the snow,Crying ''weep! 'weep!' in notes of woe!'Where are thy father & mother? say?''They are both gone up to the church to pray.'Because I was happy upon the heath,'And smil'd among the winter's snow,'They clothed me in clothes of death,'And taught me to sing the notes of woe.'And because I am happy & dance & sing,'They think they have done me no injury,'And are gone to praise God & his Priest & King,'Who make up a heaven of our misery.'Infant Joy (Innocence)'I have no name:I am but two days old.'What shall I call thee?'I happy am,Joy is my name.'Sweet joy befall thee!Pretty joy!Sweet joy, but two days old.Sweet joy I call thee:Thou dost...

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