Friday, July 09, 2010

O Clouds, Unfold!

Yesterday, as part of a multi-blog discussion on hymns, The Anchoress mentioned that the English anthem “Jerusalem” was one of her favorites.

For this week’s "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend," here is that stirring combination of music and poetry.



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