Another Epitaph (Here lies John Trot the Friend of all mankind)

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 41-43 Epitaphs

Edited text:[1][edit]


Another

HERE lies John Trot, the friend of all mankind:
He has not left one enemy behind.
Friends were quite hard to find, old authors say;
But now they stand in everybody’s way.

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The original text:[2][edit]

 
Another

Here lies John Trot the Friend of all mankind
He has not left one Enemy behind
Friends were quite hard to find old authors say
But now they stand in every bodies way

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Notes[edit]

  1. The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes by John Sampson, Hon. D.Litt. Oxon., 1862–1931. London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1908.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 503.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.