15 March 2009

Sunday Blake

"The Divine Image" 

   To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
   All pray in their distress;
   And to these virtues of delight
   Return their thankfulness.

   For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
   Is God, our father dear,
   And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
   Is Man, his child and care.

   For Mercy has a human heart,
   Pity a human face,
   And Love, the human form divine,
   And Peace, the human dress.

   Then every man, of every clime,
   That prays in his distress,
   Prays to the human form divine,
   Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

   And all must love the human form,
   In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
   Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
   There God is dwelling too.

William Blake, 1789

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