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    Saying "Come out from the grove, my love and care,
    And round my golden tent like limbs rejoice
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    (from The Little Black Boy by William Blake)

    What does to round a tent mean? Does it just mean to build a tent up?

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    Default Re: round a tent

    Is not round a preposition here or the verb to round ( to move around) with basically the same meaning.

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    do you mean 'like lambs' rejoice?

    the verb is not 'to round a tent' but 'to come round my golden tent' and rejoice like lambs.

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    And you cannot build a tent up. Then it would not be a tent. More like a cottage, house, building, etc.
    A tent you can pitch or strike.

    Best wishes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    And you cannot build a tent up. Then it would not be a tent. More like a cottage, house, building, etc.
    A tent you can pitch or strike.

    Best wishes!
    Thank you!! I couldn't remember any better word...

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    The Little Black Boy
    by William Blake(1757-1827)

    My mother bore me in the southern wild,
    And I am black, but oh my soul is white!
    White as an angel is the English child,
    But I am black, as if bereaved of light.

    My mother taught me underneath a tree,
    And, sitting down before the heat of day,
    She took me on her lap and kissed me,
    And, pointed to the east, began to say:

    "Look on the rising sun: there God does live,
    And gives His light, and gives His heat away,
    And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive
    Comfort in morning, joy in the noonday.

    "And we are put on earth a little space,
    That we may learn to bear the beams of love
    And these black bodies and this sunburnt face
    Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.

    "For when our souls have learn'd the heat to bear,
    The cloud will vanish, we shall hear His voice,
    Saying, 'Come out from the grove, my love and care
    And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice',"

    Thus did my mother say, and kissed me;
    And thus I say to little English boy.
    When I from black and he from white cloud free,
    And round the tent of God like lambs we joy

    I'll shade him from the heat till he can bear
    To lean in joy upon our Father's knee;
    And then I'll stand and stroke his silver hair,
    And be like him, and he will then love me.



    like limbs rejoice ...

    All the best Englishlanguage!

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    Default Re: round a tent

    in the text it's lambs rejoice
    to round is transitive isn't it ? to round a bend

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    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    do you mean 'like lambs' rejoice?

    the verb is not 'to round a tent' but 'to come round my golden tent' and rejoice like lambs.
    You're right!! It is lambs rejoice. I'm just a little bit tired...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    The Little Black Boy
    by William Blake(1757-1827)

    My mother bore me in the southern wild,
    And I am black, but oh my soul is white!
    White as an angel is the English child,
    But I am black, as if bereaved of light.

    My mother taught me underneath a tree,
    And, sitting down before the heat of day,
    She took me on her lap and kissed me,
    And, pointed to the east, began to say:

    "Look on the rising sun: there God does live,
    And gives His light, and gives His heat away,
    And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive
    Comfort in morning, joy in the noonday.

    "And we are put on earth a little space,
    That we may learn to bear the beams of love
    And these black bodies and this sunburnt face
    Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.

    "For when our souls have learn'd the heat to bear,
    The cloud will vanish, we shall hear His voice,
    Saying, 'Come out from the grove, my love and care
    And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice',"

    Thus did my mother say, and kissed me;
    And thus I say to little English boy.
    When I from black and he from white cloud free,
    And round the tent of God like lambs we joy

    I'll shade him from the heat till he can bear
    To lean in joy upon our Father's knee;
    And then I'll stand and stroke his silver hair,
    And be like him, and he will then love me.



    like limbs rejoice ...

    All the best Englishlanguage!
    Oh my God.... Blake must be turning over in his grave!!

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    So you say it is (come) round my golden tent?

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