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     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE
     
     THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER
     
     A little black thing in the snow,
     Crying "weep! weep!" in notes of woe!
     "Where are thy father and mother? Say!"--
     "They are both gone up to the church to pray.
     
     "Because I was happy upon the heath,
     And smiled among the winter's snow,
     They clothed me in the clothes of death,
     And taught me to sing the notes of woe.
     
     "And because I am happy and dance and sing,
     They think they have done me no injury,
     And are gone to praise God and his priest and king,
     Who make up a heaven of our misery."

     SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM BLAKE

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