The Shepherd (Blake)

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The Shepherd is a poem from William Blake's Songs of Innocence (1784), later included in his joint collection Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794).

Copy B of William Blake's hand painted print of "The Shepard". This copy, printed and painted in 1789, is currently held by the Library of Congress.[1]


The Shephard

How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lamb's innocent call,
And he hears the ewe's tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.


  1. ^ Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi (ed.). "Songs of Innocence, copy B, object 4 (Bentley 5, Erdman 5, Keynes 5) "The Shepherd"". William Blake Archive. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 

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