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Quotation by William Blake
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Love seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.
William Blake (1757–1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Songs of Experience, "The Clod & the Pebble," st. 1 (1794), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
Reply of the Pebble to the Clod of Clay's verse: "Love seeketh not itself to please,/Nor for itself hath any care,/But for another gives its ease,/And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."
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