The Divine Image, by William Blake

THE DIVINE IMAGE

by William Blake

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.

This is how the poem appeared in it’s original printing, accompanied by Blake’s own margin etchings.

And here is audio of the poem, read by Chip for LibriVox:

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~ by lolarusa on May 29, 2008.

One Response to “The Divine Image, by William Blake”

  1. Dante totally copied his style…..

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