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

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An Old Maid early ere I knew

AN OLD MAID early ere I knew

Aught but the love that on me grew;

And now I’m cover’d o’er and o’er,

And wish that I had been a whore.

O! I cannot, cannot find

The undaunted courage of a virgin mind;

For early I in love was crost,

Before my flower of love was lost.