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     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE
     
     THE SCHOOLBOY
     
     I love to rise on a summer morn,
       When birds are singing on every tree;
     The distant huntsman winds his horn,
       And the skylark sings with me:
       Oh what sweet company!
     
     But to go to school in a summer morn, --
       Oh it drives all joy away!
     Under a cruel eye outworn,
       The little ones spend the day
       In sighing and dismay.
     
     Ah then at times I drooping sit,
       And spend many an anxious hour;
     Nor in my book can I take delight,
       Nor sit in learning's bower,
       Worn through with the dreary shower.
     
     How can the bird that is born for joy
       Sit in a cage and sing?
     How can a child, when fears annoy,
       But droop his tender wing,
       And forget his youthful spring?
     
     Oh father and mother, if buds are nipped,
       And blossoms blown away;
     And if the tender plants are stripped
       Of their joy in the springing day,
       By sorrow and care's dismay, --
     
     How shall the summer arise in joy,
       Or the summer fruits appear?
     Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
       Or bless the mellowing year,
       When the blasts of winter appear?

     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE

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