Interesting choice for the third hymn at the royal wedding of Prince William and (now) Duchess Catherine today:
(from William Blake’s “And did those feet in ancient time”)
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 those 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.
For those unfamiliar with the hymn or poem, it was inspired, at least partly, by the legend that Jesus had visited the land we now England, traveling, as a boy, with Joseph of Arimathea, who is presumed in the legend to be Jesus’ uncle. While I wholeheartedly believe in the identification of England with Ephraim, I am a “foot dragger” and natural skeptic when it comes to legends such as this one (that is, Jesus’ being Joseph’s nephew and visiting England), as intriguing as they may be.
Just caught my eye, today, and thought I would pass it along. And, no, I did not watch all the proceedings on the news. I was too busy reading my latest copies of “People” and “Tiger Beat” magazine. Ha! No, seriously, I was sleeping. But I do wish the happy couple all the best.