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The New Jerusalem
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 charriot 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.

William Blake’s poem, The New Jerusalem, is the one chose because I found it truly amazing. It includes biblical and historical ideas. In my opinion, the poem should be taken literally keeping in mind the hidden messages it portrays. The poem describes that Jesus did not walk on England’s hills; instead, it were the druids who controlled England while Jesus was in Jerusalem, thus England was a place of "Satanic mills." Since Jerusalem was not originally created in England, English must make their own Jerusalem. Personally, I liked Blake’s way of make connections with the words. This makes the poem more interesting and adds more meaning to the story being told. The idea of the poem is to show the transformation of England when it was involved in war and corruption and now, the times of piece. I believe that Blake is trying to express that Earth has the potential to be at complete peace, not war.

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