The Garden of Love

Original Text: 
William Blake, Songs of Experience (W. Blake, 1794). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 Robarts Library. The text is from William Blake's Writings, ed. G. E. Bentley, Jr. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978): I, 188. PRC 4141 B45 Robarts Library
1I went to the Garden of Love,
2And saw what I never had seen:
3A Chapel was built in the midst,
4Where I used to play on the green.
5And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
6And `Thou shalt not' writ over the door;
7So I turn'd to the Garden of Love,
8That so many sweet flowers bore,
9And I saw it was filled with graves,
10And tomb-stones where flowers should be:
11And Priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
12And binding with briars my joys and desires.
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Ian Lancashire
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