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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
On Friends and Foes
[On P——]: P—— lovèd me not as he lov’d his friends
P—— 1 lovèd me not as he lov’d his friends;
For he lov’d them for gain, to serve his ends:
He lovèd me, and for no gain at all,
But to rejoice and triumph in my fall.
Note 1. XXII 1 P——] Not, perhaps, as I formerly thought, Thomas Phillips, R.A., painter of the portrait of Blake engraved for Blair’s Grave, but more probably Sir Richard Phillips, for whom Blake executed several engravings. (See Russell’s Engravings of William Blake, and edition of Blake’s Letters, passim.) With this thumb-nail sketch of Phillips the reader may be interested to compare the full-length portrait of ‘The Publisher’, drawn by George Borrow in his Lavengro (Vol. II, passim.) [back]

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