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

By William Blake


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.


Source: Preface to Milton a Poem. (1810)

Brian, a Jungian psychologist on Twitter, led me to this poem via his blog on "Jungian Therapy, Individuation & Dealing with Feeling" (here).

Also, I loved thebiblioholic's post "Stayin' Alive In The Wall" (here). Those Dark Satanic Mills are always present.

Comments

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randomdreams
Nov. 26th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
I was introduced to that poem by the -- 1972? song by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I've always loved it.
karena
Nov. 26th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
A lot of artists have recorded it, haven't they?

William Blake is so influential now, but not during his lifetime.
helios137
Nov. 26th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the Jungian psychologist. I am now following on fb.
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