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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Two Songs
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
I HEARD an Angel singing
When the day was springing:
“Mercy, pity, and peace,
Are the world’s release.”
 
So he sang all day        5
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:        10
“Mercy could 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.        15
Misery’s increase
Are mercy, pity, peace.”
 
At his curse the sun went down,
And the heavens gave a frown.
 
 
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