Night by William Blake

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The sun descending in the west. 1
The evening star does shine, 2
The birds are silent in their nest, 3
And I must seek for mine, 4
The moon like a flower, 5
In heavens high bower; 6
With silent delight, 7
Sits and smiles on the night. 8

Farewell green fields and happy groves, 9
Where flocks have took delight; 10
Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves move 11
The feet of angels bright; 12
Unseen they pour blessing, 13
And joy without ceasing, 14
On each bud and blossom, 15
And each sleeping bosom. 16

They look in every thoughtless nest. 17
Where birds are coverd warm; 18
They visit caves of every beast, 19
To keep them all from harm: 20
If they see any weeping, 21
That should have been sleeping 22
They pour sleep on their head 23
And sit down by their bed. 24

When wolves and tigers howl for prey 25
They pitying stand and weep; 26
Seeking to drive their thirst away, 27
And keep them from the sheep. 28
But, if they rush dreadful; 29
The angels, most heedful, 30
Receive each mild spirit. 31
New worlds to inherit. 32

And there the lions ruddy eyes, 33
Shall flow with tears of gold: 34
And pitying the tender cries, 35
And walking round the fold: 36
Saying: Wrath by His meekness 37
And, by His health. sickness, 38
Is driven away, 39
From our immortal day. 40

And now beside thee, bleating lamb, 41
I can lie down and sleep; 42
Or think on Him who bore thy name. 43
Grase after thee and weep. 44
For wash'd in life's river, 45
My bright mane for ever. 46
Shall shine like the gold, 47
As I guard o'er the fold.48