Sunday, 12 August 2012

Our Green And Pleasant Land

Today has been a beautiful English summer day - a lovely Sunday afternoon spent in the park listening to a brass band play in the bandstand - just as if we had lived 100 years ago!  It made me think of this beautiful hymn, which is a popular wedding hymn.  We didn't have it at our marriage service, but it was played at the Royal marriage service of Pince William and Princess Catherine, last April 2011.  The words are taken from a poem by the Victorian Romantic poet, William Blake.

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.