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Songs of Innocence and of Experience, copy C, object 34 (Bentley 51, Erdman 51, Keynes 51) "A Little GIRL Lost"

 

01     A Little GIRL Lost
02            Children of the future Age.
03         Reading this indignant page;
04         Know that in a former time,
05         Love! sweet Love! was thought a crime.
06In the Age of Gold,
07Free from winters cold;
08Youth and maiden bright.
09To the holy light,
10Naked in the sunny beams delight.
11Once a youthful pair
12Fill'd with softest care;
13Met in garden bright,
14Where the holy light,
15Had just removd the curtains of the night.
16There in rising day.
17On the grass they play:
18Parents were afar;
19Strangers came not near:
20And the maiden soon forgot her fear.
21Tired with kisses sweet
22They agree to meet,
23When the silent sleep
24Waves o'er heavens deep;
25And the weary tired wanderers weep.
26To her father white
27Came the maiden bright:
28But his loving look.
29Like the holy book,
30All her tender limbs with terror shook.
31Ona! pale and weak!
32To thy father speak:
33O the trembling fear!
34O the dismal care!                          hair
35That shakes the blossoms of my hoary

 

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