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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
On Art and Artists
You say their pictures well painted be
 
VIII
YOU say their pictures well painted be,
And yet they are blockheads you all agree:
Thank God! I never was sent to school
To be flogg’d into following the style of a fool. 1
The errors of a wise man make your rule,        5
Rather than the perfections of a fool.
 
Note 1. VIII 4 To learn to admire the works of a fool MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]
 
 
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