Comparison of Blake's "Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience" both poems included

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Introduction (Innocence)

Piping down the valleys wild,

Piping songs of pleasant glee,

On a cloud I saw a child,

And he laughing said to me:

'Pipe a song about a lamb!'

So I piped with merry chear.

'Piper, pipe that song again;'

So I piped, he wept to hear.

'Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;

Sing thy songs of happy chear:'

So I sung the same again,

While he wept with joy to hear.

'Piper, sit thee down and write

In a book, that all may read.'

So he vanish'd from my sight,

And I pluck'd a hollow reed,

And I made a rural pen,

And I stain'd the water clear,

And I wrote my happy songs

Every child may joy to hear.

Introduction (Experience)

Hear the voice of the Bard!

Who Present, Past, & Future, sees;

Whose ears have heard

The Holy Word

That walk'd among the ancient trees,

Calling the lapsed Soul,

And weeping in the evening dew;

That might controll

The starry pole,

And fallen, fallen light renew!

'O Earth, O Earth, return!

'Arise from out the dewy grass;

'Night is worn,

'And the morn

'Rises from the slumberous mass.

'Turn away no more;

'Why wilt thou turn away?

'The starry floor,

'The wat'ry shore,

'Is giv'n thee till the break of day.'

The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence)

When my mother died I was very young,

And my father sold me while yet my tongue

Could scarcely cry ''weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!'

So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,

That curl'd like a lamb's back, was shav'd: so I said

'Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare

You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.'

And so he was quiet &...