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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Songs of Experience
The Voice of the Ancient Bard
 
YOUTH 1 of delight, come hither,
And see the opening morn,
Image of truth new-born.
Doubt is fled, and clouds of reason,
Dark disputes and artful teasing.        5
Folly is an endless maze,
Tangled roots perplex her ways.
How many have fallen there!
They stumble all night over bones of the dead,
And feel they know not what but care,        10
And wish to lead others, when they should be led.
 
Note 1. The Voice of the Ancient Bard] In all the early, as well as in most of the later issues, this was arranged as one of the Songs of Innocence. [back]
 
 
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