Monday, July 28, 2014

Jerusalem, by William Blake

My husband and I were talking today about some of our favorite hymns. We both mentioned a hymn we used to sing at school that is actually a poem by William Blake.

Jerusalem
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. 
 
You can tell of course that we are both from England. If they ever thought about changing the National Anthem for England this one would be perfect!

We go to church regularly and so singing hymns is a huge part of my children's lives. I love it when my five year old sings out LOUDLY during church. In fact Sunday he insisted on trying to add funny notes to customize what he was singing. There are already so many hymns he can sing just from being involved at church with us. I love that we can share so much through music.

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