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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
On Art and Artists
The cripple every step drudges and labours
THE CRIPPLE every step drudges and labours,
And says: ‘Come, learn to walk of me, good neighbours.’
Sir Joshua in astonishment cries out:
‘See, what great labour! pain in modest doubt! 1
‘He walks and stumbles as if he crep,        5
And how high labour’d is every step!’
Newton and Bacon cry ‘Being badly nurst,
He is all experiments from last to first.’
Note 1. VII 4 His pains are more than others, there ’s no doubt MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]

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