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Jerusalem is one of the nation's favourite hymns for funerals. With lyrics by William Blake, and set to music by William Parry in 1916, Jerusalem is a song that is often considered an unofficial national anthem of England. The stirring lyrics and uplifting melody make it an enduringly popular choice for funerals..


And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountain 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 those 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.

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