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

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/8/2020 11:17:00 PM)

    Smiles on thee, on me, on all,
    Who became an infant small;
    Infant smiles are his own smiles;
    Heaven and earth to peace beguiles. /// lovely and beautiful poem penned(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/8/2020 5:48:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. soft and tender. Watching the innocent face of an infant in the sleep invokes the purest emotions of love and we marvel at Devine intricacies of life.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/8/2020 1:22:00 PM)

    Smiles on thee, on me, on all,
    Who became an infant small;
    Infant smiles are his own smiles;
    Heaven and earth to peace beguiles. on your face holy image i can trace..... praising Christ in the baby Jesus. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/8/2020 9:02:00 AM)

    A superb life song, full of fatherly love for the infant offspring.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/8/2020 1:43:00 AM)

    Cream of love,
    To overcome the beam ahead! !
    Stream of life,
    To crown the winning team.


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

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (3/8/2020 12:56:00 AM)

    The song on smiles....
    His last stanza truly beguiles.(Report)Reply

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  • Fantone MdalaFantone Mdala (5/23/2019 4:26:00 PM)

    a sweet song indeed(Report)Reply

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  • yourbutt (6/18/2018 1:48:00 PM)

    IIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTT SSSSSSSSSSSS so baddddddddddddddddddddd(Report)Reply

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  • Joyce NawiriJoyce Nawiri (3/12/2018 7:43:00 AM)

    Always going to be one of my favorites. It has depth, rhyme and its message is lit!(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (10/26/2017 12:23:00 PM)

    Infant smiles are his own smiles;
    Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.
    Beautiful poem, so soft approach.(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/23/2016 7:05:00 AM)

    Mesmerizing....soothing like the dulcet breeze..

    Infant smiles are his own smiles;
    Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.....these lines are awesome(Report)Reply

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  • Seema JayaramanSeema 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 NduhiuCharity Nduhiu (8/29/2015 11:06:00 AM)

    Avery sweet lullaby. I like(Report)Reply

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  • Jaslyn Gan (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

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  • Sunny Sharma (7/5/2014 2:13:00 AM)

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

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

    a very sweet poem indeed(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (4/3/2014 10:08:00 PM)

    beautiful. enchanted my soul.(Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (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

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  • Walterrean Salley (8/5/2012 10:42:00 PM)

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

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  • Besa DedeBesa Dede (4/24/2012 9:51:00 PM)

    Beautiful rhythmical poem.
    ~Besa(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001



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