And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time

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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 and pleasant land.
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COMMENTS
bryan 06 May 2019
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* Sunprincess * 14 March 2016
.............amazingly, I see I've read this poem exactly two years ago....nice to enjoy a second time ?
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Ross Shand 18 May 2014
If you look at the original, the first Stanzer resolves itself as: '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! ' Though my only source is Wikipedia, the above still seems better.
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* Sunprincess * 14 March 2014
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?
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Mick Mulvey 30 January 2014
Re: Frederick Hudson's utterly ill-informed and reactionary comment, So far as is known, Blake wrote this c.1804-1808...er...unless they've changed the calendar recently that would be the 19th century then...I guess you owe Gillian an apology
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Richard Sullivan 21 November 2013
I love the style of that poem was written in, that is, the questions asked in it and it's positive spirit stated in such lines as, I will not from mental fight. Every poem should be written in a similar style.
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M. Saleem Akhtar Bodla 16 December 2012
It's an account of impatient romantic reformative approach. Mr. Blake is frustrated while witnessing evils produced by so-called industrial revolution. It's, according to Blake, only another way to exploit poor strata of England soil under the cover of churches. Blake as a reformist pining for an ideal world and for this purpose he is ready to fight against the contemporary wiles and vices.
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Ralph Mason 21 March 2012
My interpretation is that we had Jerusalem and it was lost and now he's going to bring it back with force which is not possible so the poem kind of twists on itself leaving me with a feeling of hopelessness and sadness. I find many of Blakes poems very dark just like this one. But they do makes you think! ! !
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A. Jokerman 30 March 2009
I'd agree with Gillian for the most part, but would say that everything in the poem has a metaphorical sense, as well as possibly a litteral one. Blake used physical location to represent spiritual quality or aspect in a large amount of his work. Therefore the English hills are the English people, or people, and the mills represent not only mills, but the mental form of control, system, and renunciation of humanity. The lamb represents Christ, or the active principle necessary to constructing Jerusalem, of the Holy City. The poem ends with Blake's decleration of war, and his will to bring back the Christ, so that the Holy city can be rebuilt in England: Very cool.
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Fredrick Hudson 23 February 2009
well Gillian its obvious you have no idea what your talking about considering William Blake did not write this in the 19th century so dont try and act so smart. David I agree with you it is about how everyone dances to the same tune and that Jesus's presence should be everywhere no matter how far away it was from where he lived.
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