Friday, April 11, 2008

William Blake -- Controversial Hymnist

It seems that "Jerusalem," a hymn crated from a section of William Blake's "Milton" os causing a bit of a stir in England's churches. Too nationalistic? Doesn't really praise God? Blake not "Christian enough"?

Here are the words to "Jerusalem":

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


Todd Camplin said...

Cake or Death? Cake!
Oh well, off you go.

Todd Camplin said...

Amazing poem. I am glad it is controversial. That is what Christ calls us to do, bring God's city where you live. Bring his Kingdom to every part of the world. Christ does walk on the soil of every land through his people.