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The Little Vagabond / Маленький бродяжка

The Little Vagabond / Маленький бродяжка

Songs of Experienceby William Blake, 1794

The Little Vagabond t
Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is cold, t
But the Ale-house is healthy & pleasant & warm;
Besides I can tell where I am use'd well, t
Such usage in heaven will never do well. t

But if at the Church they would give us some Ale. 5
And a pleasant fire, our souls to regale;
We'd sing and we'd pray, all the live-long day;
Nor ever once wish from the Church to stray,

Then the Parson might preach & drink & sing.
And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring: 10
And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church,
Would not have bandy children nor fasting nor birch.

And God like a father rejoicing to see, t
His children as pleasant and happy as he:
Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the Barrel 15
But kiss him & give him both drink and apparel. t

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