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     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE
     
     A LITTLE GIRL LOST
     
     Children of the future age,
     Reading this indignant page,
     Know that in a former time
     Love, sweet love, was thought a crime.
     
     In the age of gold,
     Free from winter's cold,
     Youth and maiden bright,
     To the holy light,
     Naked in the sunny beams delight.
     
     Once a youthful pair,
     Filled with softest care,
     Met in garden bright
     Where the holy light
     Had just removed the curtains of the night.
     
     Then, in rising day,
     On the grass they play;
     Parents were afar,
     Strangers came not near,
     And the maiden soon forgot her fear.
     
     Tired with kisses sweet,
     They agree to meet
     When the silent sleep
     Waves o'er heaven's deep,
     And the weary tired wanderers weep.
     
     To her father white
     Came the maiden bright;
     But his loving look,
     Like the holy book
     All her tender limbs with terror shook.
     
     "Ona, pale and weak,
     To thy father speak!
     Oh the trembling fear!
     Oh the dismal care
     That shakes the blossoms of my hoary hair!"

     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE

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