Monday, March 23, 2009

Jerusalem - William Blake

It is funny that the English have a hymn that asks if Jesus walked on England's green pastures in ancient times.

I remember England when I first went there in 1983. I actually cried riding the double decker bus in London because it was more beautiful than I had dreamed it would be.

by: William Blake (1757-1827)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

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