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Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 44-45 My title & I Rubens

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I, RUBENS,[2] am a statesman and a saint.
Deceptions [both]—and so I’ll learn to paint.

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The original text:[3]Edit

 
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I Rubens am a Statesman & a Saint
Deceptions? O no—so I'll learn to Paint[4]

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  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. Rubens had been a statesman or a saint;
    He mixed them both—and so he learn’d to paint.
    MS. 1st rdg. del.
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 513.
  4. 1 I Rubens am . . . &] Rubens had been . . . or 1st rdg
    2 1st rdg del;
    He mixd them both & so he Learnd to Paint
 

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