Bring me my Arrows of desire

At the Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, Texas.

William Blake, from Milton a Poem (better known as the anthem Jerusalem)

And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands 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 Englands green & pleasant Land

One response to “Bring me my Arrows of desire

  1. Some time ago I was told (I wish I could remember by whom) that the ‘dark Satanic Mills’ were nothing to do with industry, but were the theological colleges of the day that turned out Church of England ministers. Blake was hostile to the C of E, as you probably know, as he was to all established religion.

    M
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    Marie Marshall
    author/poet/editor
    Scotland

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