William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

Jerusalem


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.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Edited: Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Do you like this poem?
2 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: green, sleep, fire, dark, god, time

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Jerusalem by William Blake )

Enter the verification code :

  • Dave Hayman (3/10/2006 7:23:00 PM)

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer set this poem to music, and the result began their popular 1973 album 'Brain Salad Surgery'. A live version appeared on 'Welcome Back My Friends...' the next year.

    And hey! I won't be 53 until November! You'd think it wouldn't be too hard for their server to compute that. (Report) Reply

  • Hailie Barker (9/23/2005 12:29:00 PM)

    i love this poem, it echoes my passion in my country. it brings us together. (see ashes tests!) lol (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. Pollywog Tom Ridge, Richard Thripp
  2. What I Hold Of Long Ago, Lilly Emery
  3. Signature Rythmn, Bob Bradley
  4. Privileged Society, Bob Bradley
  5. My Little War, Bob Bradley
  6. Where is it?, Fahri Tasim
  7. am i pretty?, Rodney R. Cooper
  8. true story, bro, Mandolyn ...
  9. What Would I Had Done, Abekah Emmanuel
  10. beautiful girl nice face, lee fones

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]