Beneath them sit the agèd men, wise guardians of the poor;
Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.
Note 1. Holy Thursday] Engraved with some corrections from the original version, which occurs in An Island in the Moon (chap. xi). 1 Twas on a] Upon a Isl. in Moon. 2 red] grey Isl. in Moon. 7 was] were Isl. in Moon. 8 And all in order sit waiting the chief chanters commands Isl. in Moon 1st rdg. del.; Thousands of little girls and boys, etc. ibid. 2nd rdg. 912 In Blakes first draft this stood:
Then like a mighty wind they raise to heavn the voice of song,
Or like harmonious thunderings the seats of heavn among,
When the whole multitude of innocents their voices raise
Like angels on the throne of heavn, raising the voice of praise.
Blake then deleted the entire stanza, and began:
Let cherubim and seraphim now raise their voices high.
This also was cancelled, and the stanza rewritten with the slight changes noted below. 9 Now] Then Isl. in Moon. 11 agèd] revrend Isl. in Moon. wise guardians] the guardians Isl. in Moon. [back]