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WILLIAM BLAKE, MYSTIC
VILLIAM BLAKE, poet, artist and engraver! Yet to how few persons is he known, and how much beloved by the few who do know him! He belongs, to use an old Quaker phrase, 'to the world outside,' yet that is the world that cannot understand him, for he speaks to the inner soul, to the world inside,' and it is only the few who can interpret that speech; so that William Blake stands little chance of ever becoming the idol even of the literary world.
A cultured person may be interested in or attracted by either a poem or a painting of his, but he must possess a kindred spirit—he must belong to 'the world inside,' if he would grasp the real meaning of any one of Blake's poems or pictures. It is not sufficient to have an intelligent appreciation of art to understand wherein lies the charm of Blake's airy figures-it is not sufficient to know the laws of rhythm to comprehend his poems, for more than mere culture is demanded from Blake's appreciator,