William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

A Song - Poem by William Blake

Sweet dreams, form a shade
O'er my lovely infant's head!
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams!

Sweet Sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown
Sweet Sleep, angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child!

Sweet smiles, in the night
Hover over my delight!
Sweet smiles, mother's smile,
All the livelong night beguile.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thine eyes!
Sweet moan, sweeter smile,
All the dovelike moans beguile.

Sleep, sleep, happy child!
All creation slept and smiled.
Sleep, sleep, happy sleep,
While o'er thee doth mother weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Holy image I can trace;
Sweet babe, once like thee
Thy Maker lay, and wept for me:

Wept for me, for thee, for all,
When He was an infant small.
Thou His image ever see,
Heavenly face that smiles on thee!

Smiles on thee, on me, on all,
Who became an infant small;
Infant smiles are his own smiles;
Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.

Comments about A Song by William Blake

  • Seema Jayaraman (9/10/2015 5:26:00 AM)

    As gentle as a baby's soft breath....luv this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Charity Nduhiu (8/29/2015 11:06:00 AM)

    Avery sweet lullaby. I like (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2015 10:35:00 AM)

    all bloody specious analyses. seriously you've got to be kidding me why are you even registered on a poem website if that's all you can glean from a poem? Not to mention first place goes to Maya, whose poems are so clear-cut and lacking of subtlety that it bloody hurts (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2014 2:13:00 AM)

    Innocent. Sweet. Lovely.beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Primrose Tee (5/5/2014 6:05:00 AM)

    a very sweet poem indeed (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (4/3/2014 10:08:00 PM)

    beautiful. enchanted my soul. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2012 10:44:00 PM)

    Innocent. Sweet. Lovely. Would make a beautiful lullaby that any child could love and find comfort therein. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2012 10:42:00 PM)

    Innocent. Sweet. Lovely. Would make a beautiful lullaby that any child could love. (Report) Reply

  • Besa Dede (4/24/2012 9:51:00 PM)

    Beautiful rhythmical poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2012 6:13:00 PM)

    An amazing poem. I wish I could find notes sweet enough to fit the lyrics [3 (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2009 1:08:00 PM)

    A poem about smiles and smiling from the youngest people. Blake can carry an intense feeling of care in his poems, especially this one. Sweet dreams to us all! We are far away from the age of a baby, and we find these people pleasant from Blake. (Report) Reply

  • (6/2/2009 4:32:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem almost a song....... (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2009 9:31:00 AM)

    Sweet smiles, in the night Hover over my delight! -yes..it has a very deep meaning, (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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