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The Chimney Sweeper
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.
There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head,
That curled like a lamb’s back, was shaved: so I said,
“Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head’s bare,
You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.”
And so he was quiet, and that very night,
As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight!
That thousand of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, and Jack,
Were all of them locked up in coffins of black;
And by came an angel who had a bright key,
And he opened the coffins and set them all free;
Then down a green plain, leaping, laughing they run,
And wash in a river and shine in the sun.

William Blake

Questions :

  1. Who is the speaker in the poem?
  2. Why did Tom Dacre cry?
  3. What is Tom’s hair compared with?
  4. How did the speaker console Tom?
  5. What did the angel do in the dream?

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