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I was watching the Royal Wedding this morning and caught the very end of it.  It was a wonderful ceremony and my prayers for eternal happiness go out to Prince William and Princess Kate.  But there was a song – a hymn – at the very end of the ceremony, part of the recessional, that I immediately recognized from the end of Chariots of Fire – the final scene when Harold Abrahams returns in triumph to Sybil and the scene fades out to the end of the ceremony at the start of the movie – Abrahams’ 1978 funeral – and the choir and congregation are singing as they file out of the church.  A nice summing up.  I was wondering what the hymn was when the announcers answered it for me:  Jerusalem – a patriotic hymn that the royal couple placed in the ceremony because the people wanted it.

Jerusalem is a beautiful and majestic hymn written by William Blake about 1808 with these words:

Blake’s poem

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

According to Wikipedia (not Wikileaks!), Blake added these words:

‘”Would to God that all the Lord’s people were Prophets” Numbers XI.Ch 29.v. (Book of Numbers 11:29) (footnotes omitted)

It is based on an almost certainly mythical account of Jesus visiting the British Isles.  I take it and I think Blake intended it as a call to Christian action – to restore the nation to righteousness.  That is certainly Biblical; Proverbs 14:34 (KJV) says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”   (Good reason to come out to your nearest National Day of Prayer ceremony or come to Mechanicsville to the one sponsored in part by my church, Hanover Church of the Nazarene, next Thursday at 530 and pray for revival and Christian action in USA!  To know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, go here!)

But Jerusalem is also a patriotic hymn that should be taken as seeking righteousness for England.  As I watched the Royal Wedding, I kept thinking it is a shame that the British have to struggle just to keep what little sovereignty the EU allows these days.  Of course, there are choices – well only one choice – UKIP – starting in the local elections of May 5.  A vote for UKIP is one for sovereignty.

My humble recommendation is:  hum the hymn as you go vote for UKIP next Thursday.  And if you are a tired, weary local candidate for UKIP and contemplating giving up for the day, sing softly the last verse of Jerusalem:

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

and go talk to a few more voters!  An UK free from Brussels and the European courts is certainly Jerusalem compared to what Britain has now.  I’ll sing with you in spirit!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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