English Romantic poet William Blake first published "A Dream" in his important 1789 collection Songs of Innocence. In the poem, the speaker describes dreaming of a lost ant crying out for her family. The speaker, relating to the ant's misery, is moved to tears by her plight. But soon a glow-worm responds to the ant's cry and shows her the way home. The poem paints a picture of a benevolent, compassionate natural world, and suggests that help is always available to those who ask for it.