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Was I angry with Hayley who usd me so ill

Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 04 Was I angry with Hayley who usd me so ill

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Was I angry with Hayley who us'd me so ill.
Or can I be angry with Felpham's old Mill?[2]
Or angry with Flaxman or Cromek or Stothard
Or poor Schiavonetti, whom they to death bother'd?
5 Or angry with Macklin or Boydel or Bowyer,
Because they did not say "O what a Beau ye are"?
At a Friend's Errors Anger shew,
Mirth at the Errors of a Foe.

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The original text:[3]Edit


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Was I angry with Hayley who usd me so ill
Or can I be angry with Felphams old Mill
Or angry with Flaxman or Cromek or Stothard
Or poor Schiavonetti whom they to death botherd
5 Or angry with Macklin or Boydel or Bowyer
Because they did not say O what a Beau ye are
At a Friends Errors Anger shew
Mirth at the Errors of a Foe

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NotesEdit

  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 538.
  2. [Or angry with Boydell or Bowyer or Ba... del.]
  3. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 503.
 

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