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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
On Art and Artists
Sir Joshua praises Michael Angelo
 
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SIR JOSHUA praises Michael Angelo.
’Tis Christian mildness when knaves praise a foe; 1
But ’twould be madness, all the world would say,
Should Michael Angelo praise Sir Joshua—
Christ us’d the Pharisees in a rougher way.        5
 
Note 1. XVI 2 And counts it outrage thus to praise his foe MS. 1st rdg. del. 3 all the world would] that we all must MS. 1st rdg. del. 5 This line added later. [back]
 
 
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