Song: Memory, hither come

Original Text: 
William Blake, Poetical Sketches (London, 1783). D-10 1987 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2      And tune your merry notes;
3And, while upon the wind
4      Your music floats,
5I'll pore upon the stream
6      Where sighing lovers dream,
7And fish for fancies as they pass
8      Within the watery glass.
9I'll drink of the clear stream,
10      And hear the linnet's song;
11And there I'll lie and dream
12      The day along:
13And, when night comes, I'll go
14      To places fit for woe,
15Walking along the darken'd valley
16      With silent Melancholy.


1] This was first published in Poetical Sketches, a collection of Blake's juvenile poetry, printed by private subscription in 1783. This song is said on contemporary authority to have been written by Blake at about the age of fourteen. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Northrop Frye
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.276.