Jerusalem

Ever since composer William Parry set the lyrics of William Blake’s famous poem to stirring music in 1916, Jerusalem has been one of the nation’s favourite anthems and most enduringly popular funeral hymns. It is an uplifting funeral hymn that many people are familiar with singing.

Jerusalem

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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