He has observd the Golden Rule

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Notebook c.1808-1811 21. "He has observd the Golden Rule..."
by William Blake
From Notebook c.1808-1811 p.30. See also: Satiric verses and epigrams.
Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 21 He has observd the Golden Rule

Edited text:[1][edit]


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He has observ'd the Golden Rule
Till he's become the Golden Fool.

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The original text:[2][edit]


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He has observd the Golden Rule
Till hes become the Golden Fool[3]

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Notes[edit]

  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 540.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 508.
  3. He has observd the Golden Rule...” This epigram is written above of the heavily erased title and four subsequent lines that could be read as:

    The Golden Rule.

    ?Sporting with ?golden ?Fortune
    ?Blithe & gay Like to the Lion sporting with his prey
    With Fortune sporting Merry Blithe & gay
    Like to the Lion sporting with his prey a Sparrow

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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.