I asked a thief to steal me a peach: He turned up his eyes. I ask'd a lithe lady to lie her down: Holy and meek, she cries. As soon as I went An Angel came: He wink'd at the thief, And smil'd at the dame; And without one word [said]1 Had a peach from the tree, [And still as a maid]2 Enjoy'd the lady.
Two Settings of Poems by William Blake
Song Cycle by Ernst Křenek (1900 - 1991)
1. I ask'd a thief  [sung text not yet checked]
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), written 1793, appears in Notebook [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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1 Mitchell: "spoke"
2 Mitchell: "And between earnest and joke"
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2. I heard an Angel  [sung text not yet checked]
I heard an Angel singing When the day was springing, "Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world's release." Thus he sung all day Over the new mown hay, Till the sun went down And haycocks looked brown. I heard a Devil curse Over the heath and the furze, "Mercy could be no more, If there was nobody poor, And pity no more could be, If all were as happy as we." At his curse the sun went down, And the heavens gave a frown. Down pour'd the heavy rain Over the new reap'd grain ... And Miseries' increase Is Mercy, Pity, Peace.
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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