To H—— (Thy Friendship oft has made my heart to ake)

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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 39 To H Thy Friendship

Edited text:[1][edit]

To H[ayley]

THY friendship oft has made my heart to ache:
Do be my enemy—for friendship’s sake.


The original text:[2][edit]

To H

Thy Friendship oft has made my heart to ake
Do be my Enemy for Friendships sake



  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 506.

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