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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Appendix to the Songs of Innocence and of Experience
A Divine Image
CRUELTY 1 has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secrecy the human dress.
The human dress is forgèd iron,        5
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace seal’d,
The human heart its hungry gorge.
Note 1. A Divine Image] This song cannot, strictly speaking, be regarded as part of the foregoing book. A companion poem to ‘The Divine Image’ (p. 75), it seems to have been engraved by Blake in the same manner as the rest, with a view to its forming one of the Songs of Experience. It was not, however, included in any authentic copy of the Songs issued during the author’s lifetime, and is only found in an uncoloured impression in the British Museum Reading Room copy, where the watermark of the paper, which is dated 1832, proves that it must have been printed, perhaps by Tatham, at least five years after Blake’s death. [back]

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