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Short poem

William Blake (1757-1827)

Song: Memory, hither come

              1Memory, hither come,
              2      And tune your merry notes;
              3And, while upon the wind
              4      Your music floats,

              5I'll pore upon the stream
              6      Where sighing lovers dream,
              7And fish for fancies as they pass
              8      Within the watery glass.

              9I'll drink of the clear stream,
            10      And hear the linnet's song;
            11And there I'll lie and dream
            12      The day along:

            13And, when night comes, I'll go
            14      To places fit for woe,
            15Walking along the darken'd valley
            16      With silent Melancholy.


1] This was first published in Poetical Sketches, a collection of Blake's juvenile poetry, printed by private subscription in 1783. This song is said on contemporary authority to have been written by Blake at about the age of fourteen.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Blake, Poetical Sketches (London, 1783). D-10 1987 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1783
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye
RP edition: 3RP 2.276.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14

Rhyme: aabb

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