Following 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?