Jerusalem

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (27 febbraio 1848 – 1918); Jerusalem, testo di William Blake (1916); orchestrazione di sir Edward Elgar (1922). Coro della Cattedrale di Winchester e Waynflete Singers; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, dir. David Hill.

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.


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