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William Blake (1757–1827). The Poetical Works. 1908.

Verses from ‘The Gates of Paradise’


MUTUAL Forgiveness of each vice,

Such are the Gates of Paradise,

Against the Accuser’s chief desire,

Who walk’d among the stones of fire.

Jehovah’s Finger wrote the Law;

Then wept; then rose in zeal and awe,

And the dead corpse, from Sinai’s heat,

Buried beneath His Mercy-seat.

O Christians! Christians! tell me why

You rear it on your altars high?