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Excerpt from William Blake’s “On Another’s Sorrow”

Here is one stanza from a nine stanza poem by William Blake that appears in "Songs of Innocence." I read it as speaking of compassion as part of our interdependent connection...and a sense of spiritual care. --JGR

ON ANOTHER'S SORROW (stanza 1 of 9)

Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?

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  1. "Can I see a falling tear,
    And not feel my sorrow's share?
    Can a father see his child
    Weep, nor be with sorrow filled?"
    --Stanza Two

    Certainly the rest of the poem is worth reading.

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