"Blake's Jerusalem" as written by and Hubert Parry Neil Richardson....
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 built here
Amongst these 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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"Blake's Jerusalem" as written by Hubert Parry Neil Richardson

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    General CommentHe believed more in liberty, because he thought that would bring equality, a view strongly oppossed by most socialists.

    Perre- I consider governments providing for the people liberty. I consider wealth equaling power as corruption
    ThinkSolutionson April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commentno ones commented... what the fucks with all theese lyrics no one comments on?

    billy said in an interview i herd that he sees this as a socialist anthem almost. ...or somthing to that effect or a similar effect. sorry, it was a while back.
    jbj_42on February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTraditionally Jerusalem was a socialist anthem in the UK. People want to build a better society and use Jerusalem as a shorthand word for that. It also says that if you want a better world you will have to fight for it, although it embraces non-violent methods and uses battle as a metaphor for the class struggle. ("I will not cease from mental fight") I am sure as new people join we will get more comments on the songs.
    user1951on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it has long been a socialist anthem
    Comrade_Liaron April 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit has been adopted by all classes in britian and has just as much to do with Public school where it is regulary sung at assemblies
    boggleson February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWonderful song, although not written by Mr. Bragg but by the English painter, engraver, poet and writer William Blake (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…). These are from the preface of Milton (one of his greater works): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Bruce Dickinson, the one from Iron Maiden indeed, did record this song also on his Chemical Wedding album which is completely inspirid by Blake (more songs and artwork). Mr. Dickinson did change some words (unfortunately).

    Mr. Bragg started a campaign to make Jerusalem the official anthem of ENGLAND (opposed to God Save the Queen as BRITISH anthem).

    The song was claimed by socialists during the eighteenth century because Mr. Blake opposes to a strong ruling class who he sees as corrupt and owns everything (i.e. satanic mills --> factories of the bourgeoisie) and the song echos the sphere of revolution (i.e. I will not cease from mental fight).
    We must keep in mind that Mr. Blake was a libertarian and not a socialist (most of the socialistic views were set halfway the eighteenth century, some 50 years later). He believed more in liberty, because he thought that would bring equality, a view strongly oppossed by most socialists.
    perreon July 14, 2006   Link

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