Jerusalem

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
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Trip End Jun 04, 2006


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Thursday, February 23, 2006

When I'm abroad, the militaristic, imperialistic undertones of Jerusalem sometimes make me cringe a little, but here is where it belongs, and it sounds good playing over in my mind as I gaze out across the North Downs with a ripping North Easterly wind freezing me to the core. It is after all a special poem about a special place, and nothing to be ashamed of.

JERUSALEM (from 'Milton')

by: William Blake (1757-1827)

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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