Jerusalem ["And did those feet in ancient time"]

By William Blake 1757–1827 William Blake
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands 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 Englands green & pleasant Land.

Source: Preface to Milton a Poem. (1810)

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Poet William Blake 1757–1827

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Religion, Christianity, God & the Divine, The Spiritual, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Mythology & Folklore, Fairy-tales & Legends

Occasions Weddings

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In his Life of William Blake (1863) Alexander Gilchrist warned his readers that Blake "neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work'y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself 'a divine child,' whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth." Yet Blake himself believed that his writings were of national importance and that they could be understood by a majority of men. Far from being . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Christianity, God & the Divine, The Spiritual, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Mythology & Folklore, Fairy-tales & Legends

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

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