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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
On Art and Artists
On the great encouragement given by English nobility and gentry to Correggio, Rubens, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Catalani, Du Crow, and Dilbury Doodle
AS 1 the ignorant savage will sell his own wife
For a sword, or a cutlass, a dagger, or knife;
So the taught, savage Englishman, spends his whole fortune
On a smear, or a squall, to destroy picture or tune;
And I call upon Colonel Wardle        5
To give these rascals a dose of caudle!
Note 1. II Title: Du Crow] Pierre Ducros. Cp. Blake’s Letters, ed. Russell, p. 204. 2 For a button, a bauble [buckle 2nd rdg. del.], a bead, or a knife MS. 1st rdg. del. 3 taught] wise MS. 1st rdg. del.; learned MS. 2nd rdg. del. 4 On] For MS. 1st rdg. del. to destroy] that is not MS. 1st rdg. del. 5 For Colonel Wardle see Hunt’s Examiner, 1809, passim. [back]

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