The Two Songs

I heard an Angel Singing
When the day was springing:
"Mercy, pity, and peace,
Are the world's release."

So he sang all day
Over the new-mown hay,
Till the sun went down,
And the haycocks looked brown.

I heard a devil curse
Over the heath and the furse:
"Mercy vould be no more
If there were nobody poor,
And pity no more could be
If all were happy as ye:
And mutual fear brings peace,
Misery's increase
Are mercy, pity, and peace."

At his curse the sun went down,
And the heavens gave a frown.

by William Blake

Comments (9)

who wants that devil song...angel's song is always welcome...the difference between the good and the evil is well brought out here..very interesting preaching- 10
Contradictions inherent in nature and it's manifestations unfolded marvelously in a stunning manner. Thanks for sharing it here.
Excellent write......
William Blake had an elegant style to his poetry witness this and my favorite Blake poem, The Tyger. If only I could flow words like he did.....
Great portrayal of good and evil forces playing their role in our lives. Loved reading the poem. At his curse the sun went down, And the heavens gave a frown.
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