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Holy Thursday / Святой Четверг / Святой четверг

Songs of Innocence by William Blake, 1789 / Песни невинности Уильяма Блейка, 1789
Songs of Experience by William Blake, 1794 / Песни опыта Уильяма Блейка, 1794

Songs of Innocence by William Blake

HOLY THURSDAY.

Twas on a Holy Thursday their innocent faces clean
The children walking two & two in red & blue & green
Grey headed beadles walkd before with wands as white as snow
Till into the high dome of Pauls they like Thames waters flow

5 O what a multitude they seemd these flowers of London town
Seated in companies they sit with radiance all their own
The hum of multitudes was there but multitudes of lambs
Thousands of little boys & girls raising their innocent hands

Now like a mighty wind they raise to heaven the voice of song
10 Or like harmonious thunderings the seats of heaven among
Beneath them sit the aged men wise guardians of the poor
Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door



Песни опыта by William Blake

HOLY THURSDAY.

Is this a holy thing to see,
In a rich and fruitful land,
Babes reduced to misery,
Fed with cold and usurous hand?

5Is that trembling cry a song?
Can it be a song of joy?
And so many children poor?
It is a land of poverty!

And their sun does never shine.
10And their fields are bleak & bare.
And their ways are fill'd with thorns.
It is eternal winter there.

For where-e'er the sun does shine,
And where-e'er the rain does fall:
15Babe can never hunger there,
Nor poverty the mind appall.