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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
On Art and Artists
When I see a Rubens, Rembrandt, Correggio
WHEN 1 I see a Rubens, Rembrandt, Correggio,
I think of the crippled Harry and slobbering Joe;
And then I question thus: Are artists’ rules
To be drawn from the works of two manifest fools?
Then God defend us from the Arts I say!        5
Send battle, murder, sudden death, O pray!
Rather than be such a blind human fool
I’d be an ass, a hog, a worm, a chair, a stool!
Note 1. XII I When I see a Rembrandt or Correggio MS. 1st rdg. del. 3 question thus] say to myself MS. 1st rdg. del. 6 O] we MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]

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