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.
Secresy is old spelling and not wrong.
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.
Blake was way ahead of his time. A visionary in both poetry and his paintings. Simply Divine!
A beautiful work from Blake, a prohet of human psychology. To my favorites
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
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.
A contemporary work.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem
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.
That word might not have been misspelled at the time he wrote it.
Obviously it was correct at the time.