On F—— & S——

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 31 On F & S

Edited text:[1][edit]


To F[laxman] and S[tothard]

I FOUND[2] them blind: I taught them how to see;
And now they know neither themselves nor me.
’Tis excellent to turn a thorn to a pin,
A fool to a bolt, a knave to a glass of gin.

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The original text:[3][edit]


On F—— & S——

I found them blind I taught them how to see
And now they know neither themselves nor me
Tis Excellent to turn a thorn to a pin
A Fool to a bolt a knave to a glass of gin

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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 1. XIII Title] The words ‘and S.’ are an addition. I them] him MS. 1st rdg. del. 2 they know … themselves] he knows … himself MS. 1st rdg. del. Blake introduces this couplet into his Descriptive Catalogue (1809).
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 508.

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