The Singer’s Vision

singerofanthem“To many of us in England,” the Singer said, “our primary song is called Jerusalem. The history of the song began with a poem by William Blake and the poem was first printed in 1808. The title was And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time. The poem describes the importance of people taking responsibility for change and building a better society. It was published as a preface to a collection of poems.  It was then set to music by Sir Hubert Perry a few years later as Jerusalem. Today the song is sung as an anthem, and is very popular in England. We  sung it at my marriage with Michael.”

The last verses of the poem (modified for America) are”:

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 America’s green & pleasant Land.

Beneath the original lines, William Blake had scribbled a verse containing the words of Moses:

“Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them.”
Numbers 11:29

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Excerpt from Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts (Book 2) by Carl Townsend, http://www.creatingnewworlds.org/ Another excerpt is there of the first chapter
Picture from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Creative Commons

Poem (Public Domain), modified, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_did_those_feet_in_ancient_time

 

 

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