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Saturday, July 31, A.D. 2010
And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time

Today is the feast of Saint Joseph of Arimathea on the new calendar. For those of you so ordered, have a blessed feast.

Below is William Blake’s poetic preface to Milton, which refers to the legend of Joseph’s having brought the Christ Child to the lovely island of Albion:

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.

The poem has been popularized as the patriotic song “Jerusalem.”

It hearkens back to England’s better days . . .

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, July 31, Anno Domini 2010
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