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If Men will act like a maid smiling over a Churn

Blake manuscript - Notebook - page 065

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If Men will act like a maid smiling over a Churn,
They ought not, when it comes to another's turn
To grow sower at what a friend may utter,
Knowing & feeling that we all have need of Butter.

5 False Friends fie! fie! our Friendship you shan't sever,[2]
In spite we will be greater friends than ever.[3]

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If Men will act like a maid smiling over a Churn
They ought not when it comes to anothers turn

To grow sower at what a friend may utter
Knowing & feeling that we all have need of Butter

5 False Friends fie fie our Friendship you shant sever[5]
In spite we will be greater friends than ever[6]

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NotesEdit

  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 556.
  2. 5 fie! fie!] O no 1st rdg del you shant] ne'er shall 1st rdg del
  3. 6 In spite] For now 1st rdg del
  4. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 502.
  5. 5 fie fie] O no 1st rdg del you shant] neer shall 1st rdg del
  6. 6 In spite] For now 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.