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UNNOTICED PRINTINGS OF BLAKE’S POEMS, 1825-1851

I have discovered several printings of Blake’s poems, two of which are of particular interest because they occurred during the poet’s lifetime. The texts of these poems and the circumstances of their printings are discussed in articles about C. A. Tulk, Blake’s Swedenborgian patron, and about Pamela Chandler Colman which I am now preparing for publication. The article about Mrs. Colman, complete with her Victorian illustrations of Blake’s poems, will appear in a future number of Blake Newsletter.

April and July 1825. “The Divine Image” and “On Another’s Sorrow” from Innocence were printed in The Dawn of Light and Theological Inspector, “Complete in One Volume” (London: Thomas Goyder, 1825), pp. 144, 252.

July and August 1843. “Introduction” to Innocence and “The Blossom” from Innocence were printed in the Boys’ and Girls’ Magazine, ed. Mrs. S. [Pamela Chandler] Colman, 2 (Boston: T. H. Carter, May-August 1843), 73-74, 142.

September and October 1843. “Nurse’s Song” and “Laughing Song” from Innocence were printed in the Boys’ and Girls’ Magazine, ed. Mrs. S. [Pamela Chandler] Colman, 3 (Boston: T. H. Carter, September-December 1843), 9, 66.

August-December 1843. “The Lamb,” “The Shepherd,” “The Blossom,” and “A Dream” from Innocence and “The Lilly” from Experience were printed in The New Church Magazine for Children, 1 (Boston: Otis Clapp, July-December 1843), 59, 112, 126, 159, 160.

21 October 1843. “The Lamb” from Innocence was printed in The Retina, ed. William C. Howells, 1 (Hamilton, Ohio: Printed and Published by the Editor, 1843-44), 47.

1843. “A Dream” from Innocence was printed as “Story of the Emmet. (A Dream)” in The Little Keepsake for 1844, ed. Mrs. S. [Pamela Chandler] Colman and first sold during the latter part of 1843 as a holiday gift for the new year (Boston: T. H. Carter, [1843]), pp. 34-36.

June 1844. “Nurse’s Song” from Innocence was printed in The New Church Magazine for Children, 2 (Boston: Otis Clapp, January-June 1844), 191.

July 1844. “The Child and Lamb” (i.e. “The Lamb” from Innocence) and also “Evening Hymn,” a poem incorrectly attributed to Blake, were printed in the Boys’ and Girls’ Library, ed. Mrs. S. [Pamela Chandler] Colman, 2 (Boston: T. H. Carter, [May-August 1844]), 87, 47.

December 1844. “The Divine Image” from Innocence was printed in The New Church Advocate, 2 (London: W. Newbery, 1844-45), 191.

March 1846. “The Lamb” from Innocence was printed in The Little Truth-Teller: A New Church Magazine for Children, 1 (Philadelphia: Published by a Committee of the General Convention, 1846), 71.

January 1848. “Night” from Innocence was printed in The New Church Magazine for Children, 6 (Boston: Otis Clapp, 1848), 17-18.

September 1851. “The Human Form” (i.e. “The Divine Image” from Innocence) was printed in Heat and Light for the Nineteenth Century, 1, No. 1 (Boston: Otis Clapp, September 1851), 32.

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