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The Echoing Green -- William Blake

Guest poem submitted by Vinod Krishna :
(Poem #1663) The Echoing Green
 The sun does arise,
 And make happy the skies.
 The merry bells ring
 To welcome the spring.
 The skylark and thrush,
 The birds of the bush,
 Sing louder around,
 To the bells' cheerful sound,
 While our sports shall be seen
 On the echoing green.

 Old John with white hair
 Does laugh away care,
 Sitting under the oak,
 Among the old folk.
 They laugh at our play,
 And soon they all say:
 'Such, such were the joys
 When we all, girls and boys,
 In our youth-time were seen
 On the echoing green.'

 Till the little ones weary
 No more can be merry;
 The sun does descend,
 And our sports have an end.
 Round the laps of their mother
 Many sisters and brothers,
 Like birds in their nest,
 Are ready for rest;
 And sport no more seen
 On the darkening green.
-- William Blake
        (1757-1827)

I noticed that the Minstrels archive does not have this poem by William
Blake.

This is a poem that was in one of my high school English textbooks in India.
There is a certain melancholy about this poem, which I remember from the
time I first read it. I thought it would be a nice addition to the
collection of Blake's poems on Minstrels.

Vinod.

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june scott said...

I liked the circular sense of the poem, " The Echoing Green." It conveys the truth that what is young and vigorous will eventually become old, and will view its youth with a certain nostalgic reverie. Just as the seasons change, and as day extinguishes to night, everything has its time, and everything is relative to everything else.

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