An Island in the Moon, object 17 (Bentley 74.A)
The blank verso of this leaf, designated as page B in Bentley and showing a
considerable amount of show-through of the writing on this recto, is not
reproduced here. Two or more leaves may have been removed, at an unknown time
prior to 1905, between leaves 8 and 9 (objects 16-17 as numbered here). Refer to
the Work Information for more details about the manuscript. A diagonal pencil
inscription at the bottom of the page, not in Blake's hand, reads, "a leaf is
evidently missing before this one".
|them Illuminating the Manuscript _ Ay said she
Bentley reads the opening word of the line as "thus" (Writings volume 2, page 899).
|instead of Printed & at every other leaf a high finishd|
Phillips reads the deleted word(s) following "other" as "sheet a" (page 60).
Bentley notes only "word del" (Writings
volume 2, page 899), while Erdman does not note the deletion.
|that noble beatst the Tyger __ Oh I was at Mrs Sicknakens &
Bentley reads "Sicknackers" (Writings volume 2, page
899), Phillips "Sicknakers" (page 60).
| envy your abilities my dear they
hate people who
Between "people" and "who" is a stroke — probably a false start
— that Phillips reads as a short dash (page 60).
| of higher abilies than their nasty filthy Souls Selves but do you|
"abilies": i.e., presumably, a slip for "abilities".
Bentley reads "abilies" as "abities" (Writings volume 2, page
Femality's do yo snap & take me up _ and I will fall into such|
presumably, a slip for "you".