On Anothers Sorrow

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Martha Redbone Roots Project
Words by William Blake, Music by Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitby & John McEuen

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On Anothers Sorrow
Can I see anothers woe,
And not be in sorrow too.
Can I see anothers grief,
And not seek for kind relief.
 
Can I see a falling tear,
And not feel my sorrows share,
Can a father see his child,
Weep, nor be with sorrow fill’d.
 
Can a mother sit and hear,
An infant groan an infant fear-
No no never can it be.
Never never can it be.
 
And can he who smiles on all
Hear the wren with sorrows small,
Hear the small birds grief & care,
Hear the woes that infants bear-
 
And not sit beside the nest
Pouring pity in their breast,
And not sit the cradle near
Weeping tear on infants tear.
 
And not sit both night & day,
Wiping all our tears away.
O! no never can it be.
Never never can it be.
 
He doth give his joy to all.
He becomes an infant small.
He becomes a man of woe
He doth feel the sorrow too.
 
Think not, thou canst sigh a sigh,
And thy maker is not by.
Think not, thou canst weep a tear,
And thy maker is not near.
 
O! He gives to us his joy,
That our grief he may destroy
Till our grief is fled & gone
He doth sit by us and moan

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