A Divine Image Poem by William Blake

A Divine Image

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Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress.

The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.

Ninja Soul 13 February 2012

cool poem....but I will say secresy is spelled wrong...It's secrecy. Sorry, had to correct that....I'm bad to correct misspelled words when I catch it...So, forgive me on that part.

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Paul Merrigan 16 November 2017

That word might not have been misspelled at the time he wrote it.

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Rob Hoeben 10 November 2012

Secresy is old spelling and not wrong.

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Stephen W 13 February 2013

I think he is telling us not to put down blame for all bad things to the temptation of the Devil, but to accept responsibility for our dark side. Also it can mean not to dehumanise our enemies, which we like to do so that we can justify our revenge. How often have we heard the phrase 'cruel and inhuman'? Yet we know that cruelty is human.

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Manonton Dalan 13 February 2013

you must possess a fiery character to survive this new age. if you blink you miss something nowadays. why this poets predicting my culture. were they space travelers.

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Richard Wlodarski 15 April 2022

Blake was way ahead of his time. A visionary in both poetry and his paintings. Simply Divine!

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Kevin Patrick 15 April 2022

A beautiful work from Blake, a prohet of human psychology. To my favorites

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Dr Dillip K Swain 15 April 2022

Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress......this expression is valid for time! Great

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Brook Renwick 15 April 2022

After reading this I feel like becoming a vegan. I have just eaten beef and now I feel like I was the one who murdered that innocent cow with beautiful big brown eyes. Cows never hurt me. Why did I eat her muscle? Shame on me and shame on humans who kill innocent brown eyed cows for food.

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