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An Epitaph (Come knock your heads against this stone)

Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 41-43 Epitaphs

Edited text:[1]Edit

An Epitaph

COME[2] knock your heads against this stone,
For sorrow that poor John Thompson’s gone.


The original text:[3]Edit

An Epitaph

Come knock your heads against this stone
For sorrow that poor John Thompsons gone



  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. Cp. the slightly different form of these three epitaphs in the lines beginning ‘And his legs carried it like a long fork’, no. XXVIII.
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 503.

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