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William Blake (1757–1827). The Poetical Works. 1908.

Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems

Silent, silent Night

SILENT, silent Night,

Quench the holy light

Of thy torches bright;

For possess’d of Day,

Thousand spirits stray

That sweet joys betray.

Why should joys be sweet

Usèd with deceit,

Nor with sorrows meet?

But an honest joy

Does itself destroy

For a harlot coy.