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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Songs of Experience
Infant Sorrow
 
MY 1 mother groan’d, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
 
Struggling in my father’s hands,        5
Striving against my swaddling-bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best
To sulk upon my mother’s breast.
 
Note 1. Infant Sorrow] Cp. the much fuller form of this poem in the Rossetti MS. (p. 115). [back]
 
 
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