Laughing Song

$5.00


*Note: this contains the piano reduction only. For the clarinet part, please purchase the entire Songs of Innocence cycle.

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Description

William Blake compiled some of this poems into two sets: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence consists of 19 poems written about idyllic scenes, happy themes, and generally child-like innocence. Songs of Experience is a parallel set of 26 poems, often about the same themes but written from the perspective of many years of experience and are often earthy, dark, and grave. These sets of poems contain some very obvious parallels; for instance, in Songs of Innoncence, one can find a pair of poems called “Little Boy Lost” and “Little Boy Found” while in Songs of Experience can be found “Little Girl Lost” and “Little Girl Found.” I chose the following five poems from the Songs of Innocence because of their clear text that I was able to construct into a loose narrative arc. The final song, “On Another’s Sorrow,” will serve as a thematic transition into the yet-to-be-written set of songs from Songs of Experience.

4. The Laughing Song

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

When the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene;
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing ‘Ha ha he!’

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of ‘Ha ha he!’

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