Swelld limbs with no outline that you can descry

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 47-49 Swelld limbs... etc.

Edited text:[1][edit]

[On the school of Rubens]

SWELLED limbs, with no outline that you can descry,
That stink in the nose of a stander-by;
But all the pulp-wash’d, painted, finish’d with labour,
Of an hundred journeymen’s—how-d’ye do neighbour?


The original text:[2][edit]

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Swelld limbs with no outline that you can descry
That Stink in the Nose of a Stander by
But all the Pulp washd painted finishd with labour
Of an hundred journeymens how dye do Neighbour



  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 513.

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