11 junho 2008

And did those feet in ancient time

William Blake

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 & pleasant Land.

Fonte: capa do álbum Brain salad surgery (1973), do Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Poema originalmente publicado em 1808; em 1916, versão musicada – referida como “Jerusalem” – foi composta por Hubert Parry. Além de escritor e poeta, Blake foi também pintor; ver aqui.

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