William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

The Quality of Mercy


The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
It is enthroned in the heart of kings;
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Egal Bohen (2/8/2006 6:27:00 PM)

    Cissy,
    I don't think Shakespeare is really the right person to complain to about site management issues, he is actually dead! On the other hand, he is on our side, poets that is, he might just be able to FIX IT!
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  • Rookie Cissy Collins (5/1/2005 4:06:00 AM)

    please! do something about printing! ! Last night I printed 2 poems....got just title, verse, author....EXACTLY WHAT I DESIRED. Tonight, after becoming a member, I printed 3 poems: highlighing just author, verse, title......got 2 to 4 sheets for EACH ONE, covered in all the items, ads, etc. on web page. Wasted my time, ink, paper, and patience. This is VERY WASTEFUL. FIX IT. Poetry wonderful, printing something else. (Report) Reply

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