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And did those feet in ancient time is a poem by William Blake from the preface to his work Milton (1804). Today it is best known as the song Jerusalem, with music by Charles H. H. Parry (1916). This is one of England's most popular patriotic songs.

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 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 & pleasant Land.

The poem was inspired by the old legend that Jesus, while still a young man, accompanied [Joseph of Arimathea]? to Cornwall on a visit to the tin mines of the area.

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