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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
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 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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