Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter !

from: SONGS OF INNOCENCE (1789)
by William Blake
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Piping down the valleys wild,
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me:
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"Pipe a song about a Lamb!"
So I piped with a merry chear.
"Piper, pipe that song again,"
So I piped: he wept to hear.
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"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.
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"Piper, sit thee down and write
In a book, that all may read."
So he vanish'd from my sight,
And I pluck'd a hollow reed.
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And I made a rural pen,
And I stain'd the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs,
Every child may joy to hear.



15 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

Ahhh, you can never beat a good Blake! And this is as good as it gets. Many thanks, you have my day, or rather my night, it's almost 9pm here in GB. Happy Easter to you, too!

Greetings from London.

willow said...

I love this Blake piece. It has such lovely rhythm. Happy, Happy Easter, to you, as well, Lyn!!!

Lyn said...

Greetings to A Cuban-
Yes, when in doubt, Blake! And a very good evening and Happy Easter to you!

Lyn said...

Willow-
It is so sweet and poignant! Blake's such a wonder..

Natalie said...

Happy Easter to you too, Lyn. It is Sat. morning in Australia, a beautiful Autumn day - 23C.

Enjoy your Chocolate!xx♥

Lyn said...

Hi Natalie-
It's still Fri. night, about
9 pm. Supposed to rain..but that's springtime for you!
Happy.....

Linda S. Socha said...

Hello Lyn

Hope your Easter is filled with Spring. Love this Blake piece...Appreciate your blog
Linda

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

A lovely song and a beautiful illustration to match. Spring, Easter and the joys of innocence, all wrapped up!

Lyn said...

Hi Linda
Thank you for your kind words..I love the hope of the poem! Happy Easter!!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Blog seems a bit jumpy this morn..hope this gets by! #1..feed cat...#2 check blog..here goes!
Thank you, and joy to you too!!

FireLight said...

I adore this poem! You have paired it with a most beautiful image. One Easter weekend when I was about 8, my dog returned home from his jaunt in the woods, with a tiny, unharmed, cotton tail bunny. He gently laid it at the back door as if he intended it as a gift. My mother put it in a shoe box and brought it to me. I had been really sick with tonsilitis, and was not allowed to be outside. It was the first time I had actually seen a wild bunny or held one so closely. Naturally, I named him Thumper, and he was a precious pet. Happy Easter!

Lyn said...

Hi FireLight-
I love this amazing story! I was with you all the way..thank you!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

How lovely! Happy Easter to you, Lyn!

Jeane said...

I really enjoyed the poem, but I love the little pic at the end with the bunnies rowing away with the easter eggs - charming - Happy Easter Lyn.....

Lyn said...

Hi Raph-
Thank you on this absolutely gorgeous Easter morning..sunshine, blue sky!

Hi Jeane-
I too love these old fashioned illustrations! Thnak you...

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