Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence  (1789) 
by William Blake

Songs of Innocence is a collection of illustrated lyrical poetry. A few first copies were printed and illuminated by William Blake himself in 1789. Its companion volume is Songs of Experience. Blake believed that innocence and experience were "the two contrary states of the human soul", and that true innocence was impossible without experience. Songs of Innocence contains poems either written from the perspective of children or written about them.

Title page of "Songs of Innocence" (Cambridge copy)
  1. Introduction
  2. The Shepherd
  3. The Echoing Green
  4. The Lamb (Blake)
  5. The Little Black Boy
  6. The Blossom
  7. The Chimney Sweeper
  8. The Little Boy Lost
  9. The Little Boy Found
  10. Laughing Song
  11. A Cradle Song
  12. The Divine Image
  13. Holy Thursday
  14. Night
  15. Spring
  16. Nurse's Song
  17. Infant Joy
  18. A Dream
  19. On Another's Sorrow

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.