A Little Boy Lost
by William Blake
« Nought loves another as itself,
Nor venerates another so,
Nor is it possible to thought
A greater than itself to know.
« And, father, how can I love you
Or any of my brothers more?
I love you like the little bird
That picks up crumbs around the door. »
The Priest sat by and heard the child;
In trembling zeal he seized his hair,
He led him by his little coat,
And all admired the priestly care.
And standing on the altar high,
« Lo, what a fiend is here! said he:
« One who sets reason up for judge
Of our most holy mystery. »
The weeping child could not be heard,
The weeping parents wept in vain:
They stripped him to his little shirt,
And bound him in an iron chain,
And burned him in a holy place
Where many had been burned before;
The weeping parents wept in vain.
Are such thing done on Albion’s shore?