Laughing Song

Our latest nature poem is Laughing Song, by William Blake. This is a fun little poem about happiness, laughter, and, of course, nature. William Blake was largely ignored while he was alive, but he has been held in very high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity.

Laughing Song
by William Blake

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

When the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene;
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing 'Ha ha he!'

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of 'Ha ha he!'


  1. I remember this poem. It's hard not to smile when reading it.

  2. Strange to think of Blake writing anything funny. Maybe I'm thinking of another Blake.

  3. Makes me think of Christmas when I read this. My favorite holiday of course.

  4. This is a fun poem! Reminds me of my childhood on the farm.

  5. Thank you all for your comments. I'm glad you like the poem.


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