William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

A Cradle Song

Poem by William Blake

Sweet dreams form a shade,
O'er my lovely infants 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 Mothers smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes,
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Sleep sleep happy child,
All creation slept and smil'd.
Sleep sleep, happy sleep.
While o'er thee thy 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 & earth to peace beguiles.


Comments about A Cradle Song by William Blake

  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/21/2019 11:16:00 PM)

    Smiles on thee on me on all,
    Who became an infant small,
    Infant smiles are His own smiles,
    Heaven & earth to peace beguiles.......outstanding expression. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/21/2019 11:20:00 AM)

    Infant smiles are His own smiles,
    Heaven and earth to peace beguiles" .
    Mind blowing cradle song. The rhyme, rhythm and contents are simply superb. A great pleasure to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (6/21/2019 9:52:00 AM)

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/21/2019 9:22:00 AM)

    'Heavenly face that smiles on thee'! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (6/21/2019 5:19:00 AM)

    Sweet smiles in the night/Hover over my delight/Sweet smiles Mothers smiles/All the livelong night/beguiles…..engaging poetic expression! A great poem with delightful rhythm and rhyme by great W. Blake!(Report)Reply

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  • Jane Campion (6/21/2019 2:49:00 AM)

    Nice rhyming. Images just fine.(Report)Reply

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  • Gauae Orue (6/21/2019 1:51:00 AM)

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    .Every compliment is simply too low for his talent, he without a doubt understood what existence is about...I am in peace my heart, i'm in peace, here's my listen(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (6/21/2019 1:45:00 AM)

    own smile, great write really(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/21/2019 1:07:00 AM)

    Sleep sleep, happy sleep.
    While o'er thee thy mother weep

    sweet sleep;
    great sleep 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/21/2019 12:38:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by William Blake..........(Report)Reply

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  • nanda (1/31/2018 3:43:00 AM)

    This poem is a good one and i like very much(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/11/2016 11:13:00 PM)

    ..........a beautiful lullaby, a sweet write ★(Report)Reply

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  • Manish Mirchandani (6/10/2015 5:19:00 PM)

    i love my mother beqese she is a god,(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/4/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    Cradle the very beginning and growing of a little child. The mother's affection that matters which the songs of cradle songs are familiar. This is a beautiful song from the great poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert PoetryCaptain Herbert Poetry (4/24/2014 9:24:00 PM)

    I cradles my heart while reading. Wonderful read(Report)Reply

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  • Aisha Qimaz (2/14/2014 5:56:00 PM)

    Blakes poetries can not be explained with words...Every compliment is too low for his talent, he really understood what life is about...I am in peace my heart, i am in peace, here's my heart(Report)Reply

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  • James Kastner (5/25/2013 12:06:00 PM)

    A wonderful example of the greatness of Blake, to do so much with so little. He is a master as exploring metaphysical issues with simple, concrete language through symbolism...the infant, the tiger, the lamb all used symbolically.(Report)Reply

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  • Stephen LoomesStephen Loomes (5/25/2013 3:11:00 AM)

    Thankyou World for great William Blake whose kind heart and spirit God did make.(Report)Reply

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  • Anele The_african_son Potelwa (umbhali_wasembo) (5/25/2012 1:16:00 PM)

    Its a very very wonderful write I've never read for a while, I adore the delicious rhyme of words in each and every verse, and I completely admire the joy reflected in this great write, its really fantastic

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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