Soft deceit & Idleness

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Notebook 54 - Self deceit & idleness

1st reading:[1][edit]

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[Which are beauties sweetest dress? del.]
Soft deceit & idleness,
These are beauties sweetest dress.


2nd reading: [2][edit]

Soft deceit & Idleness
These are Beautys sweetest dress[3]


  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 182.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 474.
  3. Soft deceit & Idleness
    These are Beautys sweetest dress] Line added, on p 103, after cancellation of an introductory question: “Which are beauties sweetest dress”. The poem began as question and answer, was changed to pure answer.

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