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…..(from The Merchant of Venice)

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute in God himself,
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Musts needs give sentence ‘gainst the merchant there.

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Thorns

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Sonnet 79 – From Tiny Acorns – Thorns

If you could just think it, then thinking is fine,
But thinking will lead you to table to dine.
And there, as you eat what your thoughts were about,
You’ll find that thoughts fatten, for thoughts must come out. 

If you could just think it, then thinking is fine,
But thinking will lead you to take what is mine.
First one will covet and then one will steal.
You’ll take someone’s mate, or his mule, or his meal. 

If you could just think it, then thinking is fine,
But hating will make you cross over the line.
And then with your actions, you’ll take a man’s life –
In bits and in pieces, or sudden, with knife. 

Our thoughts are the seed and the crop is the deeds;
So stop all the bad ones before they grow weeds.

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2013.

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