If you trap the moment before its ripe

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Notebook 42 - If you trap the moment before its ripe

1st reading:[1][edit]


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If you [catch del.] trap the moment before it's ripe,
The tears of repentance you'll certainly wipe;
But if once you let the ripe moment go
You ['ll del.] can never wipe off the tears of woe.

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2nd reading:[2][edit]


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If you trap the moment before its ripe
The tears of repentance youll certainly wipe
But if once you let the ripe moment go
You can never wipe off the tears of woe[3]

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  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 179.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 470
  3. "If you trap the moment before its ripe..." N 105 rev
    1 trap] catch 1st rdg del
    4 You can] Youll 1st rdg

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