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


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


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


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


And all the hills echoed.