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)
|William Blake (1757-1827), poet, artist, mystic|
Now what do YOU think Blake MEANT by invoking the name JERUSALEM? Surely by claiming the desirability of establishing "Jerusalem" on “England’s green and pleasant land” it is not possible that he was referring to that tiny, hotly disputed piece of territory in the Middle East over which we are now reviving torrents of controversy?