Nurse’s Song Famous Family Poem By William Blake: Published in Songs of Innocence in 1789, the poem tells of a Nurse who is observing her young people enjoying out in the fields. She calls them to come in, but they protest, for to them it is nevertheless mild and there is nonetheless time to play.
Nurse’s Song Famous Family Poem
When the voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.
‘Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of night arise;
Come, come leave off play, and let us away
Till the morning appears in the skies.’
‘No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all cover’d with sheep.’
‘Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed.’
The little ones leapèd, and shoutèd, and laugh’d
And all the hills echoèd.
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