And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands 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 Englands green & pleasant Land (Blake 1804)
That poem is titled “And did those feet in ancient time” and is in the preface of the epic poem Milton by William Blake, the legendary English poet & visual artist of the Romantic Age. Afterward, the poem is adapted into an anthem titled “Jerusalem” by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. The anthem is repeatedly sung in English cathedrals or public places as some even claim that it’s better than “God Save the Queen”. Recently, its fame rose greatly as one of the hymnal accompaniments in Prince William & Kate Middleton’s royal wedding in Westminster Abbey. You should really listen it, here.
For me however, I really like this part:
“I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand.”
It really inspire me, since I think that as a Christian we are all have a neverending mental fight with Satan, resisting all his wiles. And I believe that in that fight we must always hold fast in our hand the inspired Word of God as our only weapon.
Where is your sword, Christians?