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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Gnomic Verses
If you trap the moment before it’s ripe
 
XII
IF you trap 1 the moment before it’s ripe,
The tears of repentance you’ll certainly wipe;
But if once you let the ripe moment go,
You can never wipe off the tears of woe.
 
Note 1. XII 1 trap] catch MS. 1st rdg. del. 4 You can] You’ll MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]
 
 
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