William Blake (17571827). The Poetical Works. 1908.
His whole life is an epigram, smart, smooth, and neatly pennd
HIS1 whole life is an epigram smart, smooth and neatly pennd,
Plaited quite neat to catch applause, with a hang-noose at the end.
Note 1. Miscellaneous Epigrams] All these (written circa 18079) are taken from the Rossetti MS., with the exception of no. XI, which is one of Blakes marginalia in his copy of Reynolds Discourses. I 1 The first word, which is very indistinctly written, may be either His or Her ; all editors print the latter, but His on the whole seems the more probable reading. The same words, it may be noted, are confused in the Song, Love and Harmony combine (Poetical Sketches, p. 10 of this ed.). [back]