Jerusalem – William Blake

I’m having trouble leaving my favorite poets and poems behind…

This is not only one of my favorite poems, but also one of my favorite hymns.

It’s the unofficial anthem of England, and my personal anthem forever.

 

Jerusalem

William Blake

ND 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.                     

14 thoughts on “Jerusalem – William Blake

  1. jmgoyder says:

    I know I should know this because I studied the Romantic poets once upon a time but was it Blake who wrote a poem about children?

    • Yes, he wrote poems for and about children, JM. He wrote “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience.” One of his well known “innocence” poems is “The Lamb” and probably his most well known “experience” poem is “The Tyger.” I studied him in college–I was smitten!

  2. Wonderful post and a hymn I also love. Thank you.

  3. Have you ever seen the Last Night of the Proms from the Albert Hall?. If you like this poem / hymn you will love it when it is sung near the end. Absolutely nothing like it – and I guess it will be on iplayer. The Proms are on now – can’t remember when the final night happens there has been so much this year.

  4. I love William Blake, Deborah. “The Tyger” is one of my all time favorite poems, and “Jerusalem” is a masterpiece, as well. Thanks for posting this!

  5. A most thought provoking and soul reaching poem/hymn

  6. katiepede says:

    I love this, it was my Father’s favourite hymn, and we played it at his funeral…. Very emotive x

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