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Introduction (Piping Down the Valleys Wild) written by William Blake

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Introduction (Piping Down the Valleys Wild) (Poem) written by William Blake
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Introduction (Piping Down the Valleys Wild) (Poem)

written by William Blake

 
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This poem is included in William Blake's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience". In the book, it is simply titled "Introduction", however it is more commonly known outside the book as "Piping Down the Valleys Wild". 
 
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 cheer. 
‘Piper, pipe that song again.’ 
So I piped: he wept to hear. 
 
‘Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe; 
Sing thy songs of happy cheer!’ 
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 vanished from my sight; 
And I plucked a hollow reed, 
 
And I made a rural pen, 
And I stained the water clear, 
And I wrote my happy songs 
Every child may joy to hear.