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Infant Joy


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Ten Blake Songs


Infant Joy

“I have no name: I am but two days old.”
What shall I call thee?
“I happy am, Joy is my name.”
Sweet joy befall thee!
Pretty Joy! Sweet Joy, but two days old.
Sweet Joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile, I sing the while,
Sweet joy befall thee!

Composer

Ralph Vaughan Williams was an English composer. Over sixty years, he composed operas, ballets, chamber music, vocal pieces and orchestral compositions. He was strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song.

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Poet

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. 

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