Blake & (imaging) Pity

Okay, so I was flat wrong in the seminar today, sorry  — Blake’s illustration of pity comes from Macbeth, not Hamlet. It’s a soliloquy Macbeth gives as he wrestles with the wrongness of murdering King Duncan:

“Besides, this Duncan, hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking-off;
And pity, like a naked newborn babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,

That tears shall drown the wind. ” (act 1, scene 7)

 

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One response to “Blake & (imaging) Pity

  1. Out damned spot! Out I say!

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