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Holding the Light, (c) 1997 by James Hendricks

by William Blake (1757-1827)

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.

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