Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Holy thursday william blake

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"Twas on a holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean, The children walking two and two, in red and blue and green, gray-headed Beadles walked before with wands as whites as snow, Till into the high dome of Paul's they like Thames waters flow, oh what a multitude they seemed, these flowers of London town!,"

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“Holy Thursday” recounts the annual marching of approximately six thousand poor children to St. Paul’s Cathedral. These children hailed from the charity schools of the city and were taken to the Cathedral to demonstrate their reverence for God and their gratitude to their benefactors.