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THIS PIECE WAS THE FAVORITE HYMN OF THE LATE JOHN ANDREW GIBBS (1947-2015) TO WHOM I AM DEDICATING MY VERSION IN THIS PERFORMANCE.
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Jerusalem ("AND DID THOSE FEET IN ANCIENT TIME"). From William Blake´s "Prophetic Books". SET TO MUSIC BY
C. HUBERT H. PARRY.
"And did those feet in ancient time" is a short poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem, one of a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. The date of 1804 on the title page is probably when the plates were begun, but the poem was printed c. 1808. Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during his unknown years. The legend is linked to an idea in the Book of Revelation (3:12 and 21:2) describing a Second Coming, wherein Jesus establishes a New Jerusalem. The Christian church in general, and the English Church in particular, has long used Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven, a place of universal love and peace...
Arrangement, Violin solo and Producer: Stepan Grytsay. Camera: Michael Vezina. Editing: Roman Grytsay. March 07, 2015. Montreal, QC, Canada.Support My Music - Download the MP3: https://sellfy.com/veliozhttp://www.stepangrytsay.com
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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