To create a little flower is the labour of ages

little flower in palm of hand

The soul of sweet delight

If others had not been foolish, we should be so.
The soul of sweet delight can never be defil’d.
When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius; lift up thy head!
As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.
To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
Damn braces. Bless relaxes.
The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest.
Prayers plow not! Praises reap not!
Joys laugh not! Sorrows weep not!
The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands & feet Proportion.
As the air to a bird or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible.
The crow wish’d every thing was black, the owl that every thing was white.

by William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827)
from Proverbs of Hell
image – guy schmidt

More Hell

Only one more proverb from Hell, I promise!

Are these making less and less sense? Some do, some don’t, some are charming, some are vulgar. Potluck.

The further we get into this piece, the more I imagine I can see Blake teasing us.

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