And did those feet?


The idea that Jesus as a young boy, came to England in the company of Joseph of Arimathea, is not new. The legends of King Arthur and Glastonbury are full of references to the implications of the extraordinary idea. William Blake, poet and mystic, was captivated by the vision of England as a perfect land, fit to be visited by the Saviour. The poem, Jerusalem, appears in the introduction to a longer work, Milton, and within a century it had achieved a life of its own. Many people have read all sorts of messages in its lines but no one can claim to have reached the entire truth. The addition of stirring music by Parry in the late 19th century ensured that this poem would have a place in the national psyche, and whether it is heard at the Last Night of the Proms, a Women’s Institute meeting or Twickenham it never fails to move and inspire. For many people this is England’s Other National Anthem.