by William Blake (1757 - 1827)

He who bends to himself a Joy
Language: English 
He who [bends to himself]1 a Joy
Doth the wingèd life destroy;
But he who kisses the Joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity's sunrise.

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1 Vaughan Williams: "binds himself"; Franceschini and J. White: "binds to himself"

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