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Can I See Another's Woe?

Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief?

This is the opening stanza of a poem by William Blake (also used in a hymn: "Can I See Another's Woe"). Tragedy strikes, the world is in shock.

Tragedies big and small happen every day, but some events definitely trigger more grief and tug at the consciences of those who are far away.

Blake's poem ends with: -

Think not thou canst sigh a sigh, And thy Maker is not by: Think not thou canst weep a tear, And thy Maker is not near.

O He gives to us His joy, That our grief He may destroy: Till our grief is fled and gone He doth sit by us and moan.

God is not indifferent to our woes. He mourns with us. Accept His comfort.

He doth give His joy to all: He becomes an infant small, He becomes a man of woe, He doth feel the sorrow too.

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