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 and pleasant land.
Taken from Milton by William Blake (1757-1827). Public Domain.
William Blake was a 19th century writer and artist who is regarded as a seminal figure of the Romantic Age. Blake was born in 1757 in London and began writing at an early age. He studied engraving and grew to love Gothic art which is incorporated into his own work. Blake was misunderstood throughout much of his life, but he been influential since his death in 1827.