The Quality Of Mercy

Written by: gordon hickman

The Quality Of Mercy
'The quality of mercy is not strained'
wrote the bard of bards in his day
may be he meant it was unrestrained
and the Creator intended it so  to stay

Or maybe his meaning was, it's not sifted,
unquantifiable, and justly meted
so that Man was able to be assured indeed
of its swift application when in need.

He could not forsee an electronic land
where pathos and pleasure go hand in hand
where scenes of human suffering at a flash
are superceded by something utterly rash.

Sad to say on this 'progressive train' 
the quality of mercy is under strain
tho' whilst many would 'pass on the other side'
many more good souls still show mercy with pride