Life and Works of William Blake (MS fragment)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [untitled fragments of two poems by William Blake]
Author: William Blake
Date of composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: corrected copy manuscript
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Delaware Art Museum

Scholarly Commentary


This is DGR's fair copy, made in 1880, of quatrain 2 of the poem he printed under the title “Love and Deceit” in the second volume of the revised 1880 edition of Alexander Gichrist's Life of William Blake (II. 128, “Ideas of Good and Evil”). DGR copied out the full text in another manuscript.

At the top of the page DGR has drafted a copy of four lines from another poem he lifted from the Blake manuscript notebook that he bought in 1847. These are four lines from the Blake epigram known as “In a Myrtle Shade”. DGR had actually first printed this epigram in his 1863 selection (see II. 111), and he evidently was thinking of adding to that text two lines that he found among the cancelled draft scraps that Blake left in the notebook (they appear on page 106 of Blake's notebook). In the end DGR did not include the lines.

Electronic Archive Edition:
Source File: 2p-1863.delms.rad.xml