Abstinence sows sand all over

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Notebook 40. Abstinence sows sand all over
by William Blake
From Notebook, p. 105, reversed. See also Songs and Ballads
Notebook 40 - Abstinence sows sand all over

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1st reading:[1][edit]


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Abstinence sows sand all over
The ruddy limbs & flaming hair,
But Desire Gratified
Plants fruits of life & beauty there.

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2nd reading:[2][edit]


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Abstinence sows sand all over
The ruddy limbs & flaming hair
But Desire Gratified
Plants fruits of life & beauty there[3]

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  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 178.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 473
  3. "Abstinence sows sand all over..." N 105 rev
    2 flaming hair mended (over what was probably only a bad scribble for the same two words)
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.