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William Blake (1757-1827)

A Divine Image

              1Cruelty has a human heart
              2And jealousy a human face,
              3Terror the human form divine,
              4And secrecy the human dress.

              5The human dress is forged iron,
              6The human form a fiery forge,
              7The human face a furnace seal'd,
              8The human heart its hungry gorge.


8] gorge: throat.

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 Experience (W. Blake, 1794). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 Robarts Library. Text from William Blake's Writings, ed. G. E. Bentley, Jr. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978): I, 200. PR 4141 B45 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1794
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/22

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abcb

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