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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
On Art and Artists
A Pitiful Case
 
XXII
THE VILLAIN at the gallows tree,
When he is doom’d to die,
To assuage his misery
In virtue’s praise does cry.
 
So Reynolds when he came to die,        5
To assuage his bitter woe,
Thus aloud did howl and cry: 1
‘Michael Angelo! Michael Angelo!’
 
Note 1. XXII 7 did howl and] was heard to MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]
 
 
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