A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 144: Words of Peace

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“Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
There God is dwelling too.”
In the aftermath of yet another abhorrent and pointless terrorist attack, I was in need of some words of peace. Here are a few from English poet and artist William Blake, originally published in 1789.

The Divine Image 

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
All pray in their distress;
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness.
For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
Is God, our father dear,
And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
Is Man, his child and care.
For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity a human face,
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress.
Then every man, of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine,
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.
And all must love the human form,
In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
There God is dwelling too.

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