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the divine image
November 19, 2010, 11:14 am
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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

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What a lovely way to start my morning! Gracias, Karin

Comment by Karin

Blake wrote a lot of his poems at a time of great poverty. He used irony as a way of drawing attention to the hypocracy of the church and those who accumalated wealth on the backs of those in poverty or slavery, ” pity would be no more if we didn’t make somebody poor” .
I agree the church needs to strip itself down to the essentials in a deeper way, prayer worship etc, I hope and pray it has the courage to start.

Comment by John McGill

John, thanks – yes, you are right definitely. I’ll put some more Blake on the blog in the next few days.

And if you fancy a walk once it thaws out a bit …


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