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: fair copy manuscript
Scribe: DGR

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Love and Deceit.
  • Love to faults is always blind,
  • Always is to joy inclin'd,
  • Lawless, winged and unconfin'd,
  • And breaks all chains from every mind.
  • Deceit, to secrecy inclin'd
  • Moves lawful, courteous and refin'd,
  • To everything but interest blind,
  • And forges fetters for the mind.
  • There souls of men are bought and sold,
  • 10And milk-fed infancy, for gold,
  • And youth to slaughter-houses led,
  • And beauty, for a bit of bread.
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