The Two Songs Poem by William Blake

The Two Songs

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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.

The Two Songs
Edward Kofi Louis 12 October 2016

Positive and negative. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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* Sunprincess * 30 December 2015

.....a wonderful angel's song of peace is very beautiful ★

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 26 January 2015

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

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Rajnish Manga 12 October 2016

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 12 October 2016

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.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 11 July 2023

This wonderful poem concludes with great ending: At his curse the sun went down, And the heavens gave a frown.

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Indira Renganathan 28 October 2016

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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Ratnakar Mandlik 12 October 2016

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

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Mizzy ........ 12 October 2016

Excellent write......

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Susan Williams 12 October 2016

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.....

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