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Quotation by William Blake
I askèd a thief to steal me a peach
He turned up his eyes
I ask'd a lithe lady to lie her down
Holy & meek she cries—
As soon as I went
An angel came.
He wink'd at the thief
And smild at the dame—
And without one word said
Had a peach from the tree
And still as a maid
Enjoy'd the lady.
William Blake (1757–1827), British poet, painter, mystic. I Askèd a Thief (l. 1–12). . .
The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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