A Pretty Epigram
A Pretty Epigram for the encouragement of those who have paid great sums in the Venetian and Flemish ooze
NATURE and Art in this together suit:
What is most grand is always most minute.
Rubens thinks tables, chairs and stools are grand,
But Raphael thinks a head, a foot, a hand.
A Pretty Epigram for the Entertainment of those who have Paid Great Sums in the Venetian & Flemish Ooze
Nature & Art in this together Suit
What is Most Grand is always most Minute
Rubens thinks Tables Chairs & Stools are Grand
But Rafael thinks A Head a foot a hand
- The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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.
- A Pretty Epigram for those who have given high prices for bad pictures MS. 1st rdg. del.
- "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 513.
- A Pretty Epigram . . . N 38
Title revised in ms thus: A
[Pretty Epigram for <the entertainment of> those who have Given high Prices for Bad Pictures And ?have]Pretty Epigram for [those] the Entertainment of those Who pay] <have Paid> Great Sums in the Venetian & Flemish Ooze