Some Men created for destruction come

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 36 Some Men created for distraction come

Edited text:[1][edit]


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SOME men, created for destruction, come
Into the world, and make the world their home.
Be they as vile and base as e’er they can,
They’ll still be callèd ‘The World’s Honest Man.’[2]

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The original text:[3][edit]


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Some Men created for destruction come
Into the World & make the World their home
Be they as Vile & Base as Eer they can
Theyll still be called 'The Worlds' honest man

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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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. Friend Caiaphas is one, do what he can,
    He’ll still be callèd ‘The World’s Honest Man.’
    MS. 2nd rdg. del.
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 502.

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