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William Blake (1757–1827). The Poetical Works. 1908.

Selections from ‘The Four Zoas’

[Accuser and Accused]

(Four Zoas, Night IX, ll. 264–70.)

THEY see him whom they have pierc’d; they wail because of him;

They magnify themselves no more against Jerusalem, nor

Against her little ones. The Innocent, accusèd before the judges,

Shines with immortal glory: trembling, the Judge springs from his throne,

Hiding his face in the dust beneath the prisoner’s feet, and saying:

‘Brother of Jesus, what have I done? Entreat thy Lord for me!

Perhaps I may be forgiven.’