Do what you will this life's a fiction

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Notebook c.1808-1811 [94.] "Do what you will this life's a fiction..."
by William Blake
From Notebook c.1808-1811 p.98. See also: The Everlasting Gospel , fragment "j" 50-51 .
Blake manuscript - Notebook - page 098 reversed

Edited text:[1][edit]


cxxxi

Do what you will this life's a fiction,
And is made up of contradiction.


MS. Book, p. 98, above stanza C 4 of ' Fayette' (MS. Book, xxxvi), which
appears upside down, written from the reversed end of the book. Printed
here for first time.

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Other versions:[2][edit]


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Do what you will this Life’s a fiction,[3]
And is made up [o][4] of Contradiction.
 
(The Everlasting Gospel , fragment "j" 50-51)

Versions written elsewhere in the MS. Book:

a)

This corporeal life’s a fiction
And is made up of contradiction.

(The Everlasting Gospel, deleted in fragment "k" )

b)

This corporeal All a fiction
And is made up of Contradiction.

(The Everlasting Gospel, deleted in fragment "k" )

c)

All corporeal life’s a fiction
And is made up of Contradiction.

(The Everlasting Gospel, deleted in fragment "k" )

d)

Reasoning upon its own Dark Fiction
In Doubt which is Self Contradiction.

(The Everlasting Gospel, fragment "k" 91-92)

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Notes[edit]

  1. The poetical works of William Blake; a new and verbatim text from the manuscript engraved and letterpress originals; With variorum readings and bibliographical notes and prefaces, edited by Sampson, John, Clarendon Press Oxford 1905, c. 239.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988.
  3. Here and further Blake wrote "Lifes" or "lifes" instead of "life’s". -- The note by the editor of Wikisource.
  4. Deleted.
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.