Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Divine Image

This woman perhaps homeless
I encountered sitting in the warm sun
behind a food store..
Smoking but with some elegance
and seemingly willing for my 
intruding photo or perhaps
happy with my attention
and small contribution..
On this day of snowstorm
may she be warm
and may we all learn to look 
upon the many images
walking and sitting
each as

The Divine Image 
by William Blake

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 & Pity dwell
There God is dwelling too.

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