If you trap the moment before it's ripe,
The tears of repentance you'll certainly wipe;
But if once you let the ripe moment go
You can never wipe off the tears of woe.

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Original Citation

Blake, William. Poem written in his notebook. c. 1792.

Current Citation

Blake, William. "If you trap the moment before its ripe." William Blake: Selected Poems, edited by Nicholas Shrimpton. Oxford University Press, 2019.