And did those feet in ancient time

And did Those feet in ancient time is a poem by William Blake from the preface to his work, Milton ( 1804-1810 ). Today it is known with the music of Hubert Parry ( 1916) as the hymn Jerusalem.

It is regarded as England's most popular patriotic song and distinction associated with the English and British nationalism, anti-modernism, post-modernism, socialist ideas and Christianity - and thus has a unique position in the world probably. The poem was inspired by the legend, Jesus Christ had visited as a young man, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, Glastonbury. Blake's biographers, the poet believed in the legend. The " dark satanic mills " at the end of the second stanza are usually read as a critique of the negative effects of the Industrial Revolution.


Jerusalem is the official anthem of the British Women's Institute and was formerly sung by the National Union of Suffrage Societies. Today it is part of the repertoire of the London Promenade Concerts. Before cricket internationals in England Jerusalem played the national anthem since 2003. Also during the service on the occasion of the wedding of William Mountbatten -Windsor and Catherine Middleton, the song was sung.

In episode 4 of the first season of Monty Python's Flying Circus from 1969, is the song by Eric Idle, intones resulted in 8 of the whole lineup. In the 1973 released album Brain Salad Surgery of the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer you find an adaptation of the hymn Jerusalem. It was also interpreted by Billy Bragg ( Blake's Jerusalem on the album The International, 1988). Another version is on the album Chariots of Fire by Vangelis (1981, soundtrack to the movie Chariots of Fire ). The band Simple Minds published 1989 The Amsterdam EP an interpretation of the piece. Another adaptation is with Jerusalem on the 1998 solo album, The Chemical Wedding of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. Parodied there is the piece in the song God Song of the punk band Bad Religion on the album Against the Grain by 1990.

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