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When a Man has Married a Wife


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When a Man has Married a Wife
    he finds out whether
Her knees & elbows are only
    glued together

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  1. There is a picture above this short poem showing of a man and woman rising from bed in a sparsely furnished room that could be Blake's own. The line of text obscured by the picture is Ideas of Good & Evil that could be a title to 64 following picture emblems, 17 of which were used for the book "For Children: The Gates of Paradise" (1793). D. G. Rossetti in his publication of Blake's poetry (in the 2nd vol. of Life of William Blake, by Alexander Gilchrist, D. G. Rossetti, W. M. Rossetti, Anne Gilchrist, 1863 & 1880) as well as W. B. Yeats in his edition of The Poems of William Blake used this as a title for the series of poems from the manuscripts. — Ed. of Wikisource
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 516.

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