When I see a Rubens Rembrant Correggio

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Blake manuscript - Notebook - page 043

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WHEN[2] I see a Rubens, Rembrandt, Correggio,
I think of the crippled Harry and slobbering Joe;
And then I question thus: Are artists’ rules
To be drawn from the works of two manifest fools?
5Then God defend us from the Arts I say!
Send battle, murder, sudden death, O pray!
Rather than be such a blind human fool
I’d be an ass, a hog, a worm, a chair, a stool!

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The original text:[3][edit]

 
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When I see a Rubens Rembrant Correggio
I think of the Crippled Harry & Slobbering Joe
And then I question thus are artists rules
To be drawn from the works of two manifest fools
5 Then God defend us from the Arts I say
Send Battle Murder Sudden Death O pray
Rather than be such a blind Human Fool
Id be an Ass a Hog a Worm a Chair a Stool

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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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. When I see a Rembrandt or Correggio MS. 1st rdg. del. 3 question thus] say to myself MS. 1st rdg. del. 6 O] we MS. 1st rdg. del.
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 514.

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