"And Was Jerusalem Builded Here?" Agency and Longing in Blake and Biblical Poetry

Cameron B. R. Howard

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 5/1/2020

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Issue: Jerusalem (Vol. 40, No 2, Spring, 2020)

The hymn “Jerusalem,” based on the poem by William Blake, is beloved of British people and Anglophiles everywhere. But the vision of this poem, and by extension the hymn, is larger than nationalism, drawing on biblical poetry and a longing for God’s redemption of the world, drawing in all that would work with God to restore its goodness.

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