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[40] Green and Pleasant Land

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[40] Green and Pleasant Land – A Pictorial Blog of Landscapes

You may recognize the title from the poem by William Blake. We call the poem, put to music as a patriotic hymn, ‘Jerusalem,’ but its proper title is the same as its first line. ‘And Did those Feet in Ancient Time’.

It was inspired by the apocryphal story that Joseph of Arimathea may have visited England at Glastonbury. It uses the word ‘Jerusalem’ as a metaphor for heaven.

And did those feet in ancient time; Walk upon Englands mountains green:

And was the holy Lamb of God; On Englands pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine; Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

And was Jerusalem builded here; Among these dark Satanic Mills?

The often misquoted ‘Chariots of Fire’ comes from the second verse.

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 Englands green and pleasant Land.

Of course, none of this is relevant to my blog but we may use the expression ‘green and pleasant land’ to refer to the countryside of England.

This is a collection of pictures of landscapes in no particular order. Most of them are from England but some come from Wales or abroad.



Author: Alan

Retired, currently living in Cheltenham.

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