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" I have written this Poem from immediate Dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time, without Premeditation & even against my Will... "
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Page 287
1865
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Life of William Blake, "Pictor Ignotus".: With Selections from His ..., Volume 2

Alexander Gilchrist, Anne Burrows Gilchrist, William Blake - 1863 - 389 pages
...cxcepted). I have written this Poem from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes (* The Jerusalem.) twenty or thirty lines at a time, without premeditation,...nonexistent, and an immense Poem exists which seems to he the labour of a long life, all produced without labour or study. I mention this to show you what...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 97

1865
...Homer's 'Iliad' or Milton's ' Paradise Lost ; ' the persons and machinery entirely new to the inhabitants of earth. I have written this poem from immediate...The time it has taken in writing was thus rendered nou-existent, and an immense poem exists which seems to be the labour of a long life, all produced...
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Life of William Blake: With Selections from His Poems and Other ..., Volume 1

Alexander Gilchrist - 1880
...during the time of the lonely sea-shore life, to have been kindled into over-mastering intensity. ' I have written this poem from immediate dicta'tion,...'without premeditation, and even against my will; thus an 'immense poem exists which seems to be the labour of a long 'life, all produced without labour...
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Life of William Blake: With Selections from His Poems and Other ..., Volume 1

Alexander Gilchrist - 1880
...been kindled into over-mastering intensity. ' I have written this poem from immediate dicta' tion, twelve, or sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time...' without premeditation, and even against my will ; thus an ' immense poem exists which seems to be the labour of a long ' life, all produced without...
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The Poetical Works of William Blake: Lyrical and Miscellaneous

William Blake - 1890 - 231 pages
...secretary — the authors are in eternity." In an earlier letter (25th April 1803) he had said : " I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...without premeditation, and even against my will." The Jerusalem and the Milton are the last of the " Prophetic Books," properly to be so called, that ever...
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The Poems of William Blake

William Blake - 1893 - 251 pages
...spiritual presences. ' I have written this poem from immediate dictation,' he wrote, of 'Jerusalem,' 'twelve or sometimes twenty or thirty lines at a time...nonexistent, and an immense poem exists which seems the labour of a long life, all produced without labour or study.' It is not possible in a short essay...
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The Poetical Works of William Blake: Lyrical and Miscellaneous

William Blake - 1893 - 231 pages
...secretary — the authors are in eternity." In au earlier letter (25th April 1803) he had said : " I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...without premeditation, and even against my will." The Jerusalem and the Milton are the laat of the " Prophetic Books," properly to be so called, that ever...
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William Blake, His Life, Character, and Genius

Alfred Thomas Story - 1893 - 160 pages
...same expression in regard to its origin. " I have," he says, " written this poem — the Jerusalem — from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty...without premeditation, and even against my will." In another place he says : — " I may praise it, since I dare not pretend to be other than the secretary...
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The Soul of a Christian. --: A Study in the Religious Experience

Frank Granger - 1900 - 303 pages
...Lost ; the persons and machinery entirely new to inhabitants of earth, some of the persons excepted. I have written this poem from immediate dictation,...time without premeditation, and even against my will. I mention this to show you what I consider the grand reason of my being brought down here. I consider...
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The Theosophical Quarterly, Volume 18

1920
...nightly." — from a letter to bis friend, Butts. "I have written this poem (Milton and Jerusalem) from immediate dictation, twelve or sometimes twenty...without premeditation, and even against my will." — Letter to Butts. sons" is ranged in this fratricidal strife. When man shall gain the final victory,...
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