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The Cripple every Step Drudges & labours

Blake manuscript - Notebook - page 039

Edited text:[1]Edit

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THE CRIPPLE every step drudges and labours,
And says: ‘Come, learn to walk of me, good neighbours.’
Sir Joshua in astonishment cries out:
‘See, what great labour! pain in modest doubt![2]
5‘He walks and stumbles as if he crep,
And how high labour’d is every step!’
Newton and Bacon cry ‘Being badly nurst,
He is all experiments from last to first.’


The original text:[3]Edit

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The Cripple every Step Drudges & labours
And says come learn to walk of me Good Neighbours
Sir Joshua in astonishment cries out
See what Great Labour Pain him & Modest Doubt
5 Newton & Bacon cry being badly Nurst.
He is all Experiments from last to first
He walks & stumbles as if he crep
And how high labourd is every step



  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 The Poetical Works of William Blake, including the unpublished French Revolution together with the Minor Prophetic Books and Selections from The Four Zoas, Milton & Jerusalem; edited with an introduction and textual notes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. 4 His pains are more than others, there ’s no doubt MS. 1st rdg. del.
  3. "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.