William Blake – A Divine Image

Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress.

The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.


22 Responses to William Blake – A Divine Image

  1. jdstaley says:

    This hungry forge is so appropos to the image presented here, or vice versa. I feel in this intonation, perhaps through the years of placticine synthetic emotion and even artistry, the only true sentiments are those of disbelief and disavowel of true sentiment. This poem once was great and poignant, now seems altogether farcical and what a shame it is. The image almost describes and informs the reality of which I speak in a manner that smacks of the sentiment documented in Blake’s lines, only revitalized.
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  2. Yeah I have to agree sometimes I show a little jealousy And it has a face


  3. Hussein Soho says:

    “A divine image”- cruelty, jealousy and terror- this could be television itself. It makes us wonder doesn’t it what our friend would have thought of modern media? I believe he would have resisted the fakery and the distortion of reality.

  4. Rich Corke says:

    I see these attributes in other animals, too — even to include my dog. Perhaps God, if you are a believer, is the cruel one for creating life the way He did.

  5. sruni says:

    a very touchy poem and made me see things with a human touch!

  6. Bob says:

    I really hate the image no ifence

  7. Bob says:

    i really dislike the image no ofence

  8. Seems to describe negative human attributes, and the second stanza emphasizes that each is present as part of our make-up in this fallen world of materialism. Implies there is something “higher” or better beyond these.

  9. Solerso68 says:

    Its sometimes difficult for we of the present day to “get” archaic literature. For those long ago people everything revolved around the god of the last 1000 years, it was much more tanigble and real for them. We really are living in the dying times of an epoch of human experience. Personally,I would rather have belonged either to the old one, or to the once that will be, not my choice. I like the literature that describes our condition now, it is appropriately apocalyptic.I think this condition is also the source of the revival of religious fundamentalism around the world. The “end” is here, its just not what they think.

  10. Solerso68 says:

    And I have to agree with Bob…i dont ike the image either. I detest “anime”. It is soooooooo vacant. Its all cliche. Its like a collection of each of the most inane and stupid, empty visual and “literary” cliche’s of the late 20th century, in cheap cartoon form.

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  12. To make things complete, here’s “THE Divine Image” from “Songs of Innocence”:

    Songs of Innocence, 1789

    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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  14. ok what’s up with that image. You should continue posting more, you haven’t blogged since 2005!


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  16. Elegantly simplified into an illustrious poem. Like the simplicity of the flavor.

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  18. Ellen says:

    It is very though but I think it is true:…….


  19. theomerma says:

    Great one…

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