The Clod and the Pebble

Original Text: 
William Blake. Songs of Experience. 1794. Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman. Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-. See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
1"Love seeketh not itself to please,
2Nor for itself hath any care,
3But for another gives its ease,
4And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."
5So sung a little Clod of Clay
6Trodden with the cattle's feet,
7But a Pebble of the brook
8Warbled out these metres meet:
9"Love seeketh only self to please,
10To bind another to its delight,
11Joys in another's loss of ease,
12And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite."
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Northrop Frye
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.282.