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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
On Art and Artists
When you look at a picture, you always can see
 
IX
WHEN you look at a picture, you always can see
If a man of sense has painted he.
Then never flinch, but keep up a jaw
About freedom, and ‘Jenny sink awa’.’ 1
As when it smells of the lamp, we can        5
Say all was owing to the skilful man;
For the smell of water is but small:
So e’en let ignorance do it all.
 
Note 1. IX 4 Jenny sink awa’] i. e. ‘Je ne sais quoi’. 5 we] all MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]
 
 
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