Below, you’ll find the full poem ‘The Clod and The Pebble’ by William Blake.

 

“Love seeketh not itself to please,

Nor for itself hath any care,

But for another gives its ease,

And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

 

So Sung a little Clod of Clay

Trodden with the cattle’s feet,

But a Pebble of the brook

Warbled out these meters meet:

 

“Love seeketh only self to please,

To bind another to its delight,

Joys in another’s loss of ease,

And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.”

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