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William Blake (1757-1827)

Jerusalem: England! awake! awake! awake!

(excerpt)


              1England! awake! awake! awake!
              2      Jerusalem thy Sister calls!
              3Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death
              4      And close her from thy ancient walls?

              5Thy hills and valleys felt her feet
              6      Gently upon their bosoms move:
              7Thy gates beheld sweet Zion's ways:
              8      Then was a time of joy and love.

              9And now the time returns again:
            10      Our souls exult, and London's towers
            11Receive the Lamb of God to dwell
            12      In England's green and pleasant bowers.

Notes

1] First engraved by Blake in or shortly after 1818, although it bears the date 1804 on its title-page. It is in four parts and comprises one hundred plates. Six copies survive, one in colour. The first extract is from Plate 15 in the first part; the second is from the introduction to the fourth part, Plate 77.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Blake, Jerusalem (1804).
First publication date: 1818
Publication date note: ca. 1818 (the stated date of printing notwithstanding)
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye
RP edition: 3RP 2.299.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14

Composition date: 1804 - 1818
Form: Long Measure
Rhyme: abcb


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