The Little Fly

(1912)

"The Little Fly" sets a text of William Blake from his 1794 work Songs of Experience. The song was written in 1909 and published in 1912.

The Little Fly
by William Blake


Little Fly,
Thy summer's play
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.


Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?


For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.


If thought is life
And strength & breath
And the want
Of thought is death;


Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.


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