If you play a Game of Chance know before you begin

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 67 If you play a game of Chance

Edited text:[1][edit]


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IF you play a game of chance, know, before you begin,
If you are benevolent you will never win.

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The original text:[2][edit]


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If you play a Game of Chance know before you begin
If you are benevolent you will never win

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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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 511.

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