William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

The Two Songs - Poem by William Blake

I heard an Angel Singing
When the day was springing:
"Mercy, pity, and peace,
Are the world's release."

So he sang all day
Over the new-mown hay,
Till the sun went down,
And the haycocks looked brown.

I heard a devil curse
Over the heath and the furse:
"Mercy vould be no more
If there were nobody poor,
And pity no more could be
If all were happy as ye:
And mutual fear brings peace,
Misery's increase
Are mercy, pity, and peace."

At his curse the sun went down,
And the heavens gave a frown.

Comments about The Two Songs by William Blake

  • Indira Renganathan (10/28/2016 4:02:00 AM)

    who wants that devil song...angel's song is always welcome...the difference between the good and the evil
    is well brought out here..very interesting preaching- 10
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  • (10/12/2016 10:45:00 PM)

    Contradictions inherent in nature and it's manifestations unfolded marvelously in a stunning manner. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (10/12/2016 3:52:00 PM)

    Excellent write...... (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/12/2016 3:13:00 PM)

    William Blake had an elegant style to his poetry witness this and my favorite Blake poem, The Tyger. If only I could flow words like he did..... (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (10/12/2016 1:45:00 PM)

    Great portrayal of good and evil forces playing their role in our lives. Loved reading the poem.
    At his curse the sun went down,
    And the heavens gave a frown.
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  • Savita Tyagi (10/12/2016 7:46:00 AM)

    What a coincidence! Last evening I wrote a poem ' we have a choice' with a some what similar thought with good and evil in mind and posted it on PH. These opposites are always there and we always have to make a choice. I can't claim to be as poetic as William Blake but some things are always inspiring and intriguing to human nature. It's a pleasure to read this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/12/2016 12:30:00 AM)

    Ways of life!
    Positive and negative. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2015 2:16:00 PM)

    .....a wonderful write....an angel's song of peace
    is very beautiful ★
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  • (1/26/2015 1:02:00 AM)

    The great poet's great poem on peace and it is relevant to day also. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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