I Heard an Angel

I heard an Angel singing
  When the day was springing,
  'Mercy, Pity, Peace
  Is the world's release.'

  Thus he sung all day
  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,
  'Mercy could be no more,
  If there was nobody poor,

  And pity no more could be,
  If all were as happy as we.'
  At his curse the sun went down,
  And the heavens gave a frown.

  Down pour'd the heavy rain
  Over the new reap'd grain ...
  And Miseries' increase
  Is Mercy, Pity, Peace.

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