Sunday, October 21, 2012

JERUSALEM

Text by William Blake

Music by Charles Hubert Parry




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.

~ William Blake (1757-1827)


9 comments:

  1. Emerson Lake and Palmer do an excellent version of this song as well.

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  2. Seems like Henry Kissinger has jumped on a similar bandwagon — just in time for the election ... "In 10 years, there will be no more Israel". Not sure if Kissinger is a fan of William Blake.

    Does this mean that Kissinger will assume his usual role as a Presidential adviser if Obama loses and Romney wins, Kissinger could just step in for Zbigniew Brzezinski and nothing much would change.

    Kissinger may be more senile than Brzezinski though.

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  3. Free Thinker's paragon

    I'll leave it to you to explain why I thought of this waiting for today's Gardner concert to start (Schumann is still predictable schlock).

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  4. ... And was Jerusalem builded here
    Among these dark Satanic mills?"

    Clearly a big fan of capitalism.

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  5. Why do you insist on further befouling your already dubious reputation by making completely inane and inappropriate remarks, Ducky?

    The article you linked on Frazier was interesting but your assumption of how I might evaluate it was inaccurate.

    You remind me of the old joke about Alice Roosevelt Longworth who reportedly said, "If you don't have anything good to say of anyone, come sit by me."

    Did you ever read Tumbril Talk?

    You might have written it.

    ~ FT

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  6. Gee, FT, a lot of people would be pleased to be compared to Frazier.

    ... and they announced that Loch Ober is closing for good the other day. Just no respect for tradition.

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  7. I suspect that I would have as difficult a time reading Blake as I did Milton. I am just not deeply steeped in Bibilical mineutia...

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  8. Then was the Scold herself,
    In a wheelbarrow brought,
    Stripped naked to the smock,
    As in that case she ought:
    Neats tongues about her neck
    Were hung in open show;
    And thus unto the cucking stool
    This famous scold did go.

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  9. Here's a late response to this post since I came across quite by accident this reference to William Blake and that writing in a longer article that I found intriguing:

    "William Blake is often described as a “visionary” whose artistic works were heavily inspired by Druidism, Gnosticism and Freemasonry (his depiction of the “Grand Geometrician” holding a Masonic compass is above the Rockefeller Center in New York). While some of his creations had Christian connotations, they were often told from a Gnostic and esoteric point of view. Jerusalem refers to the apocryphal story described above of Jesus visiting the “green and pleasant land” of Glastonbury with his great-uncle, Joseph of Arimathea.

    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?
    The poem asks if Jesus walked in England and founded New Jerusalem (as described in Revelation) among these “dark Satanic Mills”. This enigmatic expression is said to refer to England’s industrial revolution and the dark buildings that came with it.
    Coincidentally, the next part of the opening ceremonies describe just that: The construction of “dark Satanic Mills”.

    Ironically this was part of a longer discussion about the occult and Satanic symbolism observed in the closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games.

    http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/the-occult-symbolism-of-the-2012-olympics-opening-and-closing-ceremonies/

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