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You dont believe I wont attempt to make ye

Blake manuscript - Notebook 1808 - 02 You dont believe I wont atempt to make ye

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You don't believe—I[2] won't attempt to make ye
You are asleep—I won't attempt to wake ye'
Sleep on, Sleep on! while in your pleasant dreams
Of Reason you may drink of Life's clear streams.
5 Reason and Newton, they are quite two things;
For so the Swallow & the Sparrow sings.
Reason says "Miracle": Newton says "Doubt"
Aye! that's the way to make all Nature out.
"Doubt, Doubt, & don't believe without experiment":
10 That is the very thing that Jesus meant,
When he said[3] "Only Believe! Believe & try!
"Try, Try, & never mind the Reason why."

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You dont believe I wont attempt to make ye
You are asleep I wont attempt to wake ye
Sleep on Sleep on while in your pleasant dreams
Of Reason you may drink of Lifes clear streams
5 Reason and Newton they are quite two things
For so the Swallow & the Sparrow sings
Reason says Miracle. Newton says Doubt
Aye thats the way to make all Nature out
Doubt Doubt & dont believe without experiment
10 That is the very thing that Jesus meant
When he said Only Believe Believe & try
Try Try & never mind the Reason why

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  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 511.
  2. [would del.]
  3. [Rich del.]
  4. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 501.
 

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