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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The Angel
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
I DREAMT a Dream! what can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen,
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne’er beguil’d!
 
And I wept both night and day,        5
And he wip’d my tears away,
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.
 
So he took his wings and fled;
Then the morn blush’d rosy red;        10
I dried my tears, and arm’d my fears
With ten thousand shields and spears.
 
Soon my Angel came again:
I was arm’d, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,        15
And grey hairs were on my head.
 
 
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