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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The Land of Dreams
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
AWAKE, awake, my little boy!
Thou wast thy mother’s only joy;
Why dost thou weep in thy gentle sleep?
Awake! thy father does thee keep.
 
‘O, what land is the Land of Dreams?        5
What are its mountains, and what are its streams?
O father! I saw my mother there,
Among the lilies by waters fair.
 
‘Among the lambs, clothèd in white,
She walk’d with her Thomas in sweet delight.        10
I wept for joy, like a dove I mourn,
O! when shall I again return?’
 
Dear child, I also by pleasant streams
Have wander’d all night in the Land of Dreams;
But tho’ calm and warm the waters wide,        15
I could not get to the other side.
 
‘Father, O father! what do we here
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far,
Above the light of the Morning Star.’        20
 
 
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