You say their Pictures well Painted be

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Blake manuscript - Notebook - page 042

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YOU say their pictures well painted be,
And yet they are blockheads you all agree:
Thank God! I never was sent to school
To be flogg’d into following the style of a fool.[2]
5The errors of a wise man make your rule,
Rather than the perfections of a fool.

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The original text:[3][edit]

 
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You say their Pictures well Painted be
And yet they are Blockheads you all agree
Thank God I never was sent to school
To be Flogd into following the Style of a Fool[4]

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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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 4 To learn to admire the works of a fool MS. 1st rdg. del.
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 510.
  4. 4 To be Flogd . . . Fool] To learn to admire the works of a Fool 1st rdg del

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