The quality of mercy is not strained,

It drops as the gentle rain from

Upon the place beneath: it is twice

It blesses him that gives and him
that takes:

IT is the mightiest of the mightiest: it

the throned monarch better than his

His sceptre shows the force of
temporal power,

attribute to awe and majesty,

sits the worry and fear of kings;

But mercy is
above this sceptred sway;

It is
enthroned in the hearts of kings,

It is an
attribute to God himself;

And earthly
power then show likeness to God’s

When mercy
seasons justice.

Therefore if law is all we cling to with no mercy or

kindness, then none of us should see

We do pray for mercy; And that
same prayer does teach us

all to render The deeds of mercy to everyone.

William Shakespeare