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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems
Motto to the Songs of Innocence and of Experience
 
THE GOOD 1 are attracted by men’s perceptions,
And think not for themselves;
Till Experience teaches them to catch
And to cage the fairies and elves.
 
And then the Knave begins to snarl,        5
And the Hypocrite to howl;
And all his good friends show their private ends,
And the eagle is known from the owl.
 
Note 1. Motto] This motto, which was probably never engraved by Blake, is not found in any copy of the Songs. [back]
 
 
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