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     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE
     
     A LITTLE BOY LOST
     
     "Nought loves another as itself,
       Nor venerates another so,
     Nor is it possible to thought
       A greater than itself to know.
     
     "And, father, how can I love you
       Or any of my brothers more?
     I love you like the little bird
       That picks up crumbs around the door."
     
     The Priest sat by and heard the child;
       In trembling zeal he seized his hair,
     He led him by his little coat,
       And all admired the priestly care.
     
     And standing on the altar high,
       "Lo, what a fiend is here! said he:
     "One who sets reason up for judge
       Of our most holy mystery."
     
     The weeping child could not be heard,
       The weeping parents wept in vain:
     They stripped him to his little shirt,
       And bound him in an iron chain,
     
     And burned him in a holy place
       Where many had been burned before;
     The weeping parents wept in vain.
       Are such thing done on Albion's shore?

     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE

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