Jerusalem Poem by William Blake


Rating: 3.2

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.

Hailie Barker 23 September 2005

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

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Solomon Senxer 13 September 2019

What a call for desiring godliness!

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philko 30 October 2018

It's not a sonnet! (but I have to use at least 20 characters to say so)

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Susan Williams 01 March 2016

Isn't this just perfectly written? William Blake is a master poet, is he not?

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This poem read with interest and likes very much.A green and pleasant land much interested.

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Dave Hayman 10 March 2006

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.

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Marianne Sanders 03 May 2017

Actually the music was composed in 1916 by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

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