Monday, October 03, 2005


In recognition of my pseudonym doppleganger I decided to post a few pictures that I took on a trip to Jerusalem many years ago.
The Dome on the Rock
The Dome on the Rock
The West Wall
The West Wall
And whilst on the topic of Jerusalem, here are the lyrics of what many English people think should be the English National Anthem (as Wales and Scotland already have one but England does not). It is not a replacement for the U.K. anthem just something for the English to sing at sporting events :)

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 there
Among those dark Satanic mills

Bring me my bow (my bow) of burning gold
Bring me my arrows of desire
Bring me my spears o'clouds unfold
Bring me my chariot of fire

I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my (my) sword sleep in hand
'Til we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land
'Til we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land- William Blake
The words were written by William Blake (1757-1827) a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver; who illustrated and printed his own books. The poem is actually an excerpt from the preface to one of his "prophetic books", Milton (1804-8).

Blake (pennyless at the time of his death) was buried in an unmarked grave at the public cemetery of Bunhill Fields. Though generally dismissed as an eccentric during his lifetime, posterity rediscovered Blake and today he is highly rated both as a poet and artist.

Jerusalem was set to music quite movingly by composer Hubert Parry in 1916, who wrote the score in just two days. It was composed in the darkest days of the First World War for singing at a Fight for Right campaign meeting in London's Royal Albert Hall. Parry's original version is pastoral, quite sombre and serious but became a symbol of britishness and was used to raise morale extensively throughout the Great War.

The version by Edward Elgar, devised for the Leeds Festival of 1921 is better known and loved best by the British public. It was again used as morale booster extensivly duringthe second world war by the British. With its sweeping string lines, this is the evocative setting associated invariably with The Last Night of the Proms.



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