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William Blake
Earth's Answer (from Songs of Experience)
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Earth raised up her head
From the darkness dread & drear.
Her light fled,
Stony dread,
And her locks cover'd with grey despair.

"Prison'd on watery shore,
Starry Jealousy does keep my den:
Cold and hoar,
Weeping o'er,
I hear the father of the ancient men.

"Selfish father of men!
Cruel, jealous, selfish fear!
Can delight,
Chain'd in night,
The virgins of youth and morning bear?

"Does spring hide its joy
When buds and blossoms grow?
Does the sower
Sow by night,
Or the ploughman in darkness plough?

"Break this heavy chain
That does freeze my bones around!
Selfish, vain,
Eternal bane,
That free Love with bondage bound.''

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