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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems
Never seek to tell thy Love
 
NEVER 1 seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
Silently, invisibly.
 
I told my love, I told my love,        5
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! she doth depart.
 
Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,        10
Silently, invisibly:
He took her with a sigh.
 
Note 1. In this section are included all the poems in the Rossetti MS., arranged in the order in which they occur, with the exception of the early versions of some of the Songs of Experience (the variant readings of which are given in footnotes), and the gnomic verses, epigrams, and short satirical pieces which I group together elsewhere.
  Never seek, &c.] I give here the earlier and incomparably finer version of this song, which Blake subsequently altered by cancelling the first stanza (after changing ‘seek’ to ‘pain’ in l. 1), and substituting
‘O! was no deny’
for the concluding line of the poem. [back]
 
 
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