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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Gnomic Verses
Soft Snow
 
IX
I WALKÈD abroad on a snowy day:
I ask’d the soft Snow with me to play:
She play’d and she melted in all her prime;
And the Winter call’d it a dreadful crime. 1
 
Note 1. IX 4 Oh, that sweet love should be thought a crime! MS. 1st rdg. del. Cp. the introductory lines to ‘A Little Girl Lost’ in the Songs of Experience. [back]
 
 
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