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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
Poems from the Rossetti MS.: Earlier Poems
Thou hast a lap full of seed
THOU 1 hast a lap full of seed,
And this is a fine country,
Why dost thou not cast thy seed,
And live in it merrily?
Shall I cast it on the sand        5
And turn it into fruitful land?
For on no other ground
Can I sow my seed,
Without tearing up
Some stinking weed.        10
Note 1. Thou hast a lap full of seed] Cp. Ahania, chap. v, stanza 12. 5, 6 Shall I … turn] Oft I’ve … turn’d MS. 1st rdg. del. 7 For] But MS. 1st rdg. del. 9 tearing] pulling MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]

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