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IF I e’er grow to man’s estate,
O! give to me a woman’s fate.
May I govern all, both great and small,
Have the last word, and take the wall.

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The original text:[2]Edit

 
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If I eer Grow to Mans Estate
O Give to me a Womans fate
May I govern all both great & small
Have the last word & take the wall

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NotesEdit

  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 502.
 

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