I give you the end of a golden string

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 66 Ill give you the end of a golden string

Edited text:[1][edit]


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I give you the end of a golden string;
   Only wind it into a ball,
It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate,
   Built in Jerusalem’s wall.

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The original text:[2][edit]


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I give you the end of a golden string[3]
Only wind it into a ball
It will lead you in at Heavens gate
Built in Jerusalems wall

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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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 231.
  3. 77:1 give] have given 1st ms rdg del. These 4 lines begin the plate 77, the chapter To the Christians of the poem Jerusalem. The Emanation of the Giant Albion, where it given in a combination with other 4 lines:
Devils are I give you the end of a golden string,
False Religions Only wind it into a ball:
"Saul Saul" It will lead you in at Heavens gate,
"Why persecutest thou me." Built in Jerusalems wall.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.