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Rafael Sublime Majestic Graceful Wise

Blake manuscript - Notebook - page 039

Edited text:[1]Edit

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RAPHAEL, sublime, majestic, graceful, wise—
His executive power must I despise?
Rubens, low, vulgar, stupid, ignorant—
His power of execution I must grant,
5 Learn the laborious stumble of a fool!
And from an idiot’s action form my rule?—
Go, send your Children to the Slobbering School!


The original text:[2]Edit

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Rafael Sublime Majestic Graceful Wise
His Executive Power must I despise
Rubens Low Vulgar Stupid Ignorant
His power of Execution I must grant
5 Learn the Laborious stumble of a Fool
And from an Idiots Actions form my rule
Go send your Children to the Slobbering School



  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 514.

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