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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Songs of Experience
The Clod and the Pebble
 
‘LOVE 1 seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.’
 
So sung a little Clod of Clay,        5
Trodden with the cattle’s feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:
 
‘Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,        10
Joys in another’s loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.’
 
Note 1. The Clod and the Pebble] Title lacking in MS. 5 sung] sang MS. [back]
 
 
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