The Works of William Blake: Chapter 6

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A Fairy leapt upon my knee
Singing and dancing merrily;
I said, `Thou thing of patches, rings,
Pins, necklaces, and such-like things,
Disgracer of the female form,
Thou paltry, gilded, poisonous worm!’
Weeping, he fell upon my thigh,
And thus in tears did soft reply:
`Knowest thou not, O Fairies’ lord!
How much by us contemn’d, abhorr’d,
Whatever hides the female form
That cannot bear the mortal storm?
Therefore in pity still we give
Our lives to make the female live;
And what would turn into disease
We turn to what will joy and please.’

— William Blake,A Fairy Leapt
from the Rossetti Manuscript

I’m somewhat at a loss on what to make of this but I love the sound of it. Or I’ve been viewing too many Rackham’s lately. But considering that Midsummer’s remains my favorite WS (that and Tempest) one should not wonder that I like this of Blake as well. (Yes I bought it last night) – seb

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