Introduction to «Songs of  innocence»

               Piping down the valleys wild,
               Piping songs of pleasant glee,
              On a cloud I saw a child,
              And he laughing said to me:

              «Pipe a song about a Lamb!»
              So I piped with merry chear.
              «Piper, pipe that song again»;
              So I piped: he wept to hear.

              «Drop the pipe, thy happy pipe;
              Sing thy songs of happy chear».
              So I sung the same again,
              While he wept with joy to hear.

              «Piper, sit thee down and write
              In a book, that all may read».
              So he vanish'd from my sight,
              And I pluck'd a hollow reed,

              And I made a rural pen,
              And I stain'd the water clear,
              And I wrote my happy songs
              Every child may joy to hear.