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)
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