Hired to Depress: A Digital Scholarly Edition of William Blake's Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses

Blake Marginalia To The King A02

The Bible says That Cultivated Life. Existed First--
Uncultivated Life. comes afterwards from Satans Hirelings
Necessaries Accommodations & Ornaments are the whole of Life.

Editorial Note:
The OED defines hireling as "one who serves for hire or wages; a hired servant; a mercenary (soldier). (Now usually somewhat contemptuous.)"

"Cultivated Life" may refer to Blake's reading of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2.

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