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Plate 47

<When Albion utterd his last words Hope is banishd from me> [1]
. . . .
Therefore I write Albions last words, Hope is banish'd from me. [18]

The deleted first line can be read in the Harvard, Morgan, and Mellon copies, but it is sufficiently scratched out to be inconspicuous on the page. The reason for the deletion is more likely to have been a rearrangement of plates (note the closeness in text to the line above the early deletion in Plate 24) than a decision to remove the redundancy of lines 1 and 18; in


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the positions of first and last lines on the plate, these could be read as a characteristic Blakean refrain.