Hymn Story: Jerusalem

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.  In his epic collection Milton: A Poem in Two Books is a poem titled “And did those feet in ancienty time”.

Various lines of the poem are drawn from either historical events or passages of scripture.

Sir Hubert Parry composed the music to the poem in 1916.  Today this is the hymn we know of as “Jerusalem”.

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