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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Later Poems
You don’t believe
YOU 1 don’t believe—I won’t attempt to make ye:
You are asleep—I won’t attempt to wake ye.
Sleep on! sleep on! while in your pleasant dreams
Of Reason you may drink of Life’s clear streams.
Reason and Newton, they are quite two things;        5
For so the swallow and the sparrow sings.
Reason says ‘Miracle’: Newton says ‘Doubt.’
Aye! that’s the way to make all Nature out.
‘Doubt, doubt, and don’t believe without experiment’:
That is the very thing that Jesus meant,        10
When He said ‘Only believe! believe and try!
Try, try, and never mind the reason why!’
Note 1. 1 You don’t believe I would attempt to make ye. MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]

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