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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems
Are not the joys of morning sweeter
 
ARE 1 not the joys of morning sweeter
Than the joys of night?
And are the vigorous joys of youth
Ashamèd of the light?
 
Let age and sickness silent rob        5
The vineyards in the night;
But those who burn with vigorous youth
Pluck fruits before the light.
 
Note 1. Are not the joys, &c.] Cp. Visions of the Daughters of Albion, f. 6, ll. 5–7:
                Innocence! honest, open, seeking
The vigorous joys of morning light, open to virgin bliss,
Who taught thee modesty, subtil modesty, child of night and sleep?
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