- Preface from Milton: a Poem
- 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.
This poem by William Blake has been set to music, and is quite popular in England, almost gaining status as a second National Anthem. Though the song, sung on the Last Night of the Proms and many other occasions, is called Jerusalem, it's inaccurate to say that this poem is Jerusalem by William Blake. Evidently, he wrote another poem which he titled Jerusalem. It's an epic length poem with illustrations that he drew and printed himself (one of which is today's picture). The poem posted here is a piece of the preface to his long poem about Milton.
I can't think of anything to write today, except that we don't have to be in England to continue the fight to build up God's kingdom where we are. Maybe Mom, who is especially fond of this song, has something to add.