The Angel that presided oer my birth

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 26 The Angel that presided oer my birth

Edited text:[1][edit]


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THE ANGEL that presided o’er my birth
Said ‘Little creature, form’d[2] of joy and mirth,
Go, love without the help of anything on earth.’

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The original text:[3][edit]


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The Angel that presided oer my birth
Said Little creature formd of Joy & Mirth
Go love without the help of any King on Earth

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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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. form’d … mirth] thou art form’d for mirth MS. 1st 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.