Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Life and Works of William Blake (MS fragment)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: corrected copy manuscript
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Printer's Direction: follow each other
Editorial Description: DGR's note in left margin to indicate the placement of the stanzas.
- O lapwing thou fliest around the heath
- Nor seest the net that is spread beneath
- Why dost thou not fly among the corn fields?
- They cannot spread nets where a harvest yields.
- Love to faults is always blind,
- Always is to joy inclin'd,
- Lawless winged & unconfined,
- And breaks all chains from every mind.
- There souls of men are bought & sold
- And milk-fed infancy for gold
- And youth
s to slaughter houses led
beauty for a bit of bread.
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