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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Poetical Sketches
Song: I love the jocund dance
 
I LOVE the jocund dance,
The softly breathing song,
Where innocent eyes do glance,
And where lisps the maiden’s tongue.
 
I love the laughing vale,        5
I love the echoing hill,
Where mirth does never fail,
And the jolly swain laughs his fill.
 
I love the pleasant cot,
I love the innocent bow’r,        10
Where white and brown is our lot,
Or fruit in the mid-day hour.
 
I love the oaken seat,
Beneath the oaken tree,
Where all the old villagers meet,        15
And laugh our sports to see.
 
I love our neighbours all,
But, Kitty, I better love thee;
And love them I ever shall;
But thou art all to me.        20
 
 
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