VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

Piping down the Valleys Wild

William Blake

Piping down the valleys wild
Piping songs of pleasant glee
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me,

"Pipe a song about a Lamb";
So I piped with merry cheer.
"Piper pipe that song again" -
So I piped, he wept to hear.

"Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe
Sing thy songs of happy chear";
So I sung the same again
While he wept with joy to hear,

"Piper sit thee down and write
In a book that all may read" -
So he vanish'd from my sight
And I pluck'd a hollow reed,

And I made a rural pen,
And I stain'd the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.

-from Songs of Experience

Blake introduces his Songs of Innocence with a song of innocence of sorts - innocence without idiocy, innocence with sophistication. There is weeping with laughter (as fits babies and adults alike), and there must be misgiving in recognizing that the passage from piping and singing to writing is a downward motion that involves a stain on clarity.