Divine Image (download)
William Blake’s “The Divine Image” was written in 1789, but its message is timeless.
Voicing: treble choir, SSATB choir, oboe, piano
duration: 3 minutes
This sweet piece was commissioned for a wedding and works very well for festival and church choirs. The voicing is flexible, and the oboe part may also be played by violin.
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, and Pity dwell,
There God is dwelling too.
“Divine Image” is a musically moving piece that combines the power of SATB voices, SSA voices, and the oboe. The effect is stunning and the piece is well worth any time taken to learn it!
~Amy Johnson, commissioner