"Nurse's Song" appears in visionary poet William Blake's 1789 collection Songs of Innocence. The poem depicts a joyful scene, in which a nurse (something like a modern-day nanny) watches the children in her care as they play outside. Through the nurse's gentleness and warmth, the poem depicts a world that cherishes and prioritizes the innocence, curiosity, and freedom of childhood. "Nurse's Song" is one of seven poem titles to appear in both Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (which were published together in 1794). Its mirror poem in Songs of Experience is far bleaker, its speaker describing children's play as a "waste" of time.