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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
282. The Blind Boy
 
Colley Cibber (1671–1757)
 
 
O SAY what is that thing call’d Light,
  Which I must ne’er enjoy;
What are the blessings of the sight,
  O tell your poor blind boy!
 
You talk of wondrous things you see,        5
  You say the sun shines bright;
I feel him warm, but how can he
  Or make it day or night?
 
My day or night myself I make
  Whene’er I sleep or play;        10
And could I ever keep awake
  With me ’twere always day.
 
With heavy sighs I often hear
  You mourn my hapless woe;
But sure with patience I can bear        15
  A loss I ne’er can know.
 
Then let not what I cannot have
  My cheer of mind destroy:
Whilst thus I sing, I am a king,
  Although a poor blind boy.        20
 

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