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vi PREFACE.

Mr. Dante Gabriel lossetti; the second by his brother, Mr. William Rossetti. To both of these friends, admlra- tion of Blake's genius and regard for the memory of his Biographer have made their labour so truly a labour of love that they do not suffer me to dwell on the rare quality or extent of the obligation.

To the Life itself one addition has been made,-- that of a Supplementary Chapter, in filfilment of the Author's plan. He left a memorandum to the effect that he intended writing such a chapter, and a list of the topics to be handled there, but nothing more. This also Mr. D. G. Rossetti has carried into execu- tion; and that the same hand has filled in some blank pages in the Chapter on the rventio to tle .Book of Job the discerning reader will scarcely need to be told.

The only other insertions remaining to be particu- larized are the accounts of such of Blake's Writings as it was decided not to reprint in the Second Part; chiefly of the class he called �oces. I could heartily wish the dlticult problem presented by these strange Books had been more suCCessfully grappled with, or indeed grappled with at all. Hardly anything has been now attempted beyond bringing together a few readable extracts. But however small may be the Digitized yGooglc