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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Selections from ‘The Four Zoas’
[Accuser and Accused]
 
(Four Zoas, Night IX, ll. 264–70.)

THEY see him whom they have pierc’d; they wail because of him;
They magnify themselves no more against Jerusalem, nor
Against her little ones. The Innocent, accusèd before the judges,
Shines with immortal glory: trembling, the Judge springs from his throne,
Hiding his face in the dust beneath the prisoner’s feet, and saying:        5
‘Brother of Jesus, what have I done? Entreat thy Lord for me!
Perhaps I may be forgiven.’
 
 
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