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When all thy mercies, O my God,
  My rising soul surveys,
    Transported with the view I'm lost,
      In wonder, love and praise.
      - Joseph Addison, Hymn

If thou hast fear of those who command thee, spare those who obey thee.
      - Rabbi Ben Azai (Aze)

As the sun's rays will irradiate even the murky pool, and make its stagnant waters to shine like silver, so doth God's goodness and tender mercy, towards the greatest sinner, and the blackest heart, make his own image visible there!
      - Hosea Ballou

There is no better rule to try a doctrine by than the question, Is it merciful, or is it unmerciful? If its character is that of mercy, it has the image of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
      - Hosea Ballou

The greatest attribute of Heaven is mercy.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 7)

Have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Litany

Nothing humbles and breaks the heart of a sinner like mercy and love. Souls that converse much with sin and wrath, may be much terrified; but souls that converse much with grace and mercy, will be much humbled.
      - Thomas Brooks

Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

If mercy were not mingled with His power, this wretched world could not subsist one hour.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Good Heaven, whose darling attribute we find is boundless grace, and mercy to mankind, abhors the cruel.
      - John Dryden

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

And shut the gates of mercy on mankind.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 17)

A sentinel angel sitting high in glory
  Heard this shrill wail ring out from Purgatory:
    "Have mercy, mighty angel, hear my story!"
      - John Hay, A Woman's Love

If the end of one mercy were not the beginning of another, we were undone.
      - Philip Henry

Let us be merciful as well as just.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mercy more becomes a magistrate than the vindictive wrath which men call justice.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Being all fashioned of the self-same dust,
  Let us be merciful as well as just.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn (pt. III),
        The Student's Tale, Emma and Eginhard, l. 177

The corn that makes the holy bread
  By which the soul of man is fed,
    The holy bread, the food unpriced,
      Thy everlasting mercy, Christ.
      - John Masefield, Everlasting Mercy (st. 88)

Great minds erect their never-failing trophies on the firm base of mercy.
      - Philip Massinger

Mercy stood in the cloud, with eye that wept
  Essential love.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. III, l. 658)

Teach me to feel another's woe,
  To hide the fault I see;
    That mercy I to others show,
      That mercy show to me.
      - Alexander Pope

To hide the fault I see:
  That mercy I to others show,
    That mercy show to me.
      - Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer

Kinds hearts are here; yet would the tenderest one
  Have limits to its mercy; God has none.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter

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