ANOTHER EARLY PRINTING OF BLAKE’S “NIGHT”
Blake’s “Night” from Innocence appeared in the New Church Advocate for 16 May 1843 (1, no. 26, 208). I should have noticed this printing in preparing my article, “New Light on C. A. Tulk, Blake’s Nineteenth-Century Patron” (Studies in Romanticism, 16 , 217-36), which included discussion of Tulk’s responsibility for the insertion of Blake’s “The Divine Image” in the New Church Advocate for 1 December 1844. My arguments about Tulk’s role in the publication of “The Divine Image” apply equally about the probability that he was responsible for the insertion of Blake’s “Night” more than a year earlier. The text of Blake’s “Night” in the New Church Advocate is followed by the citation, “Blake’s Songs of Innocence” and, most notably, differs in more than a half dozen particulars of punctuation and spelling from that given by J. J. Garth Wilkinson in his 1839 edition of the Songs, thus suggesting that the text of Blake’s “Night” was provided by someone who, like Tulk, had access to one of Blake’s original copies.