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floodlit1_s.jpgFollowing in the steps of the lovely hymn "I vow to thee my country", I see that the hymn "Jerusalem" will no longer ring from the spires of the rather lovely Southwark Cathedral after it was banned by the church’s dean on the grounds that it was unchristian and too nationalistic.  Regarded by many as a paean to Englishness, it has over the centuries become an unofficial national anthem, sung at the last night of the Proms and by England rugby and cricket fans.

Consider these words..

"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 those dark Satanic mills…"

The music is uplifting, the words are interesting – it should NOT be banned  but given the dribbling leftism anti-Britishness  that infests this Cathedral, I can only imagine the reaction to "Onward Christian soldiers" – better replace it with the "Red Flag", eh?

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6 thoughts on “JERUSALEM BANNED…

  1. It’s a beautiful song, where Blake shows himself to be rather "green" and anti-industroalist. The next/last 2 verses are particularly good:

    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.

    The song was actually used by the Suffragettes and once even by the Labour Party in an election campaign. A version was also recorded by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. So – all things to all men, but whatever it is, it is not a religious song, which may be why the dean doesn’t take to it.

  2. Clement Attlee quoted the last verse at a Labour Party conference in the 1940s. He was referring to building the welfare state of course.

  3. Whilst it’s not religious or specifically Christian (so what?) the lyrics do recall the legend that Jesus once came to here, so it’s hardly unGodly either.

    As for it being nationalistic, this is a Dean of the Church of England, yes?

    Britannia is still, just, on our coinage, a symbol of our sovereignty and independence (yeah yeah, I know) with heathen origins. I look forward to the Dean withdrawing the collection plates from services too, in that case.

    According to this Daily Telegraph blog piece, the Dean’s a Lefty:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/ukcorrespondents/holysmoke/april08/follyofdeanslee.htm

    What a shocking revelation that is. Internationalism being a core belief of commies, the nation-state has to go, something they’ve been working on in this country since the Fabians first slithered from their swamp.

  4. It’s obvious the Dean heard hard rocker Bruce Dickenson‘s version of the "hymn" and realized it was actually one of the Devil’s own ditties.

    Of course, mention of those "dark Satanic millies" ought to have alerted him.

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