I heard an Angel singing
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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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by William Henry Bell (1873 - 1946), "I heard an angel singing", 1940, from Twelve Blake Songs, no. 12. [ sung text not verified ]
- by William Bolcom (b. 1938), "I heard an angel singing", 1966 [chorus of alto and tenor or counter-tenor voices, alto flute, harp, piano, and viola], from Morning and Evening Poems, no. 2. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Johan Franco (1908 - 1988), "I heard an Angel singing", published 1966 [men's chorus or women's chorus and piano], from Seven Songlets, no. 2, Cincinnati World Library Publications [ sung text not verified ]
- by John Linton Gardner (b. 1917), "I heard an Angel singing", op. 85 no. 2 (1967) [mixed chorus a cappella], from Proverbs of Hell, no. 2. [ sung text not verified ]
- by (Peter) Alexander Goehr (b. 1932), "I heard an Angel singing", op. 17 no. 6 (1964), published c1965 [mixed chorus a cappella], from Five Poems and an Epigram of William Blake, no. 6, London : Schott [ sung text not verified ]
- by Ernst Křenek (1900 - 1991), "I heard an Angel", op. 226b (1976), published c1977, first performed 1977 [SATB chorus and piano], from Two Settings of Poems by William Blake, no. 2, NY : Rongwen Music (Broude Bros.) [ sung text not verified ]
- by Elie Siegmeister (1909 - 1991), "I heard an Angel singing", 1965, c1977 [chorus and piano], from In Our Time, no. 1. [ sung text not verified ]
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