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William Blake (1757-1827)

The Divine Image


              1To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
              2All pray in their distress;
              3And to these virtues of delight
              4Return their thankfulness.

              5For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
              6Is God, our father dear,
              7And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
              8Is Man, his child and care.

              9For Mercy has a human heart,
            10Pity a human face,
            11And Love, the human form divine,
            12And Peace, the human dress.

            13Then every man, of every clime,
            14That prays in his distress,
            15Prays to the human form divine,
            16Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

            17And all must love the human form,
            18In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
            19Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
            20There God is dwelling too.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Blake, Songs of Innocence (1789). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
First publication date: 1789
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye
RP edition: 3RP 2.279.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14

Form: Common Measure
Rhyme: abcb


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