William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

I Heard An Angel - Poem by William Blake

I heard an Angel singing
When the day was springing,
'Mercy, Pity, Peace
Is the world's release.'

Thus he sung all day
Over the new mown hay,
Till the sun went down
And haycocks looked brown.

I heard a Devil curse
Over the heath and the furze,
'Mercy could be no more,
If there was nobody poor,

And pity no more could be,
If all were as happy as we.'
At his curse the sun went down,
And the heavens gave a frown.

Down pour'd the heavy rain
Over the new reap'd grain ...
And Miseries' increase
Is Mercy, Pity, Peace.


Comments about I Heard An Angel by William Blake

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (1/11/2019 3:51:00 PM)


    The great William Blake, how we studied him in the literature classes drinking in his innocence and simplicity of thoughts. tony (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Savita Tyagi (1/11/2019 3:14:00 PM)


    And miseries’ increase is Mercy pity and peace. Marvelous poem! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/11/2019 12:50:00 PM)


    Down pour'd the heavy rain! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
    (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/11/2019 9:25:00 AM)


    A lovely poem by a great poet. Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/11/2019 9:13:00 AM)


    Blake's works show that he thinks the imagination is more important than reason. This is most important to understand what he has written in his poems and stories. Like all genius artists, his life was a tragic one. Such a greatest talent and no one could read his poems as it should be. With keeping his works safe in the National Museum, England realizes his great talents. He could not only write poems, but he painted and drew too. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/11/2019 9:03:00 AM)


    A Brilliant poem by the genius William Blake. To his descendants in the England: Congratulations for the choice of PH as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hurray! I will tell here a bit about this genius. William Blake was never understood really in his homeland, since people at that time were not educated as at present and Blake is a genius artist but no one understood him. Very tragic for him. But all his works are kept safe in the National Art History Museum in London. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (1/11/2019 5:39:00 AM)


    The deep strong message that if there were no poor or all were happy, then there'd be no need for pity and mercy. The wisdom of an angel? . (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/11/2019 1:50:00 AM)


    A great piece by William Blake............... (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/11/2019 1:12:00 AM)


    Sans disaster and disappointments in life, mercy has no chance to be showered on to anyone in the world indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Prabir Gayen (1/11/2019 12:16:00 AM)


    Great poem from a mystic poet....... (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2018 10:50:00 PM)


    ''I do suppose this was an wonderful poem. I don't usually read poems much, but I do say, I liked this one. (Report) Reply

Read all 11 comments »

User Rating:
2,8 / 5 ( 75 votes ) 11



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: angel, peace, happy, rain, sun, world, spring



Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 9, 2001


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]