William Blake
Nurse’s Song (1789)

 

When the voices of children are heard on the green

 

And laughing is heard on the hill,

 

My heart is at rest within my breast

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And everything else is still.

   
 

"Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down

 

And the dews of night arise;

 

Come, come, leave off play, and let us away

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Till the morning appears in the skies."

   
 

"No, no, let us play, for it is yet day

 

And we cannot go to sleep;

 

Besides, in the sky the little birds fly

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And the hills are all cover’d with sheep."

   
 

"Well, well, go & play till the light fades away

 

And then go home to bed."

 

The little ones leaped & shouted & laugh’d

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And all the hills echoed.