William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)


Poem by William Blake

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.

Form: Sonnet

Comments about Jerusalem by William Blake

  • Solomon SenxerSolomon Senxer (9/13/2019 11:47:00 PM)

    What a call for desiring godliness!(Report)Reply

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  • philko (10/30/2018 3:59:00 AM)

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

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/1/2016 4:09:00 PM)

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

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/12/2015 2:47:00 AM)

    This poem read with interest and likes very much.A green and pleasant land much interested.(Report)Reply

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  • 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

    Marianne Sanders(5/3/2017 8:26:00 AM)

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

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  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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