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" WHEN my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry " 'weep ! 'weep ! 'weep ! 'weep !" So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep. "
The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects - Page 148
by Allan Cunningham - 1830
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Blake: Selected Poems

William Blake - 1996 - 168 pages
...effect of the platitudes that the boy offers Tom by way of comfort at the end? Is this Blake's view? When my mother died I was very young, And my father...while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry 'weep weep weep weep!' So your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep. 5 There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his...
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The Natural History of Make-Believe: A Guide to the Principal Works of ...

John Goldthwaite - 1996 - 400 pages
...stream, and a coming forth from this baptism to do one's duty can all be found in "The Chimney Sweeper": When my mother died I was very young, And my father...my tongue Could scarcely cry "'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your chimneys I sweep, & in soot I sleep. There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,...
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Selected Poetry

William Blake - 1998 - 311 pages
...heathen, Turk or Jew. Where Mercy, Love and Pity dwell, There God is dwelling too. 20 The Chimney-Swceper When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry, Veep weep weep weep'. So your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep. There's little Tom Dacre, who cried...
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Romantic Writings

Stephen Bygrave - 1996 - 352 pages
...carried you past a detail that on re-reading might stop you short: the word 'sold' in the first stanza: 'When my mother died I was very young/ And my father sold me ... '. The child exists at once within an exploitative economic context. With hindsight it is shocking...
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Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Gary Westfahl, George Edgar Slusser - 1999 - 223 pages
...child, he cherishes the dream of a fellow sweeper and offers a pathetic hope for a heavenly father: When my mother died I was very young, And my father...scarcely cry "'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your chimneys I sweep, & in soot I sleep. There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head That curl'd like a lamb's...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - 1999 - 1136 pages
...hear. Songs of Innocence ( 1 789 1 introduction 13 When my mother died I was very young, And my lather sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry "weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!' So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot 1 sleep. Songs o/ Innocence ( 1 789) 'The Chimney Sweeper'...
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Anthologies of British Poetry: Critical Perspectives from Literary and ...

Barbara Korte, Ralf Schneider, Stefanie Lethbridge - 2000 - 347 pages
...as children's verse at the same time as impressing us with a sense of hurt that cannot be forgotten: When my mother died I was very young. And my Father...my tongue Could scarcely cry '"weep! 'weep! 'weep! "weep!" So your chimneys 1 sweep, & in soot I sleep. 12 Blake's chimney sweeper, still young. remembers...
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The Turn of the Screw

Douglas Jones - 2000 - 87 pages
...She opens her eyes.) "The Chimney Sweeper." (She shows it to THE GOVERNESS, who smiles. FLORA reads.) When my mother died I was very young, And my father...yet my tongue Could scarcely cry "Weep! Weep! Weep! Weep!" So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep. MILES. I know one about chimneys: Eaper, Weaper,...
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The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature

John Anthony Burrow, John Pitcher, Brian Vickers, Isobel Grundy, Claire Lamont, Andrew Sanders, Bernard Bergonzi, Martin Dodsworth - 2001 - 528 pages
...Sweeper', Blake faces one of the social outrages of his day, the use of little boys as chimney sweeps. When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yer my tongue. Could scarcely cty weep weep weep weep, So yout chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep....
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Children for Hire: The Perils of Child Labor in the United States

Marvin J. Levine - 2003 - 233 pages
...York Times, 26 September 1988, A1. 10. Kolata, "More Children Are Employed." 2 The Historical Record "When my mother died I was very young, And my father...could scarcely cry weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep and in soot I sleep."1 Children have always taken part, and continue to take part, in social...
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