History of Jerusalem
The history of this highly poetic and patriotic song reflects the changes "In England's green and pleasant land" due to the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of the "dark satanic mills". Blake echoes the Christian aspiration to build the new Jerusalem, the city of God, in England but in order for this to be successful heavenly weapons are needed. The famous hymn 'Jerusalem' was sung at the wedding of Prince William & Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
Author of the Lyrics
The patriot and author of the words of the "Jerusalem" lyrics, William Blake (November 28, 1757-August 12, 1827), was born in Soho, London, England and achieved fame as a painter and poet. William Blake is regarded as a seminal figure of the Romantic Age.
Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Jerusalem", Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (February 27, 1848-October 7, 1918), was born in Bournemouth, England and became famous as a composer and musical director.
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.
Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: Jerusalem
Author of Lyrics: William Blake (November 28, 1757 to August 12, 1827)
Nationality of Author: English
Name of Composer of Music: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (February 27, 1848 to October 7, 1918)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountain green"
First Publication Date: 1804