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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
On Art and Artists
These are the idiots’ chiefest arts
 
VI
THESE are the idiots’ chiefest arts:
To blend and not define the parts
The swallow sings, 1 in courts of kings,
That fools have their high finishings.
 
And this the princes’ golden rule,        5
The laborious stumble of a fool.
To make out the parts is the wise man’s aim,
But to loose them the fool makes his foolish game.
 
Note 1. VI 3 The swallow sings] Let it be told MS. 1st rdg. del. [back]
 
 
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