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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
The Two Songs

By William Blake

(English poet and painter of strange and terrible visions. 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 furze:        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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