Uploaded on May 23, 2008
A recital of the hymn "Jerusalem" in which the lyrics are taken from "And did those feet in ancient time", a poem by William Blake. The poem was included in the preface to Blake's epic poem "Milton: a Poem" which was written and illustrated between 1804 and 1810. The music for "Jerusalem" was written by C. Hubert H. Parry in 1916.
The full text of the poem "And did those feet in ancient time" is below:
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 & pleasant Land.
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