Jerusalem: England! awake! awake! awake!

William Blake 1757 (Soho) – 1827 (London)



England! awake! awake! awake!
         Jerusalem thy Sister calls!
     Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death
         And close her from thy ancient walls?

     Thy hills and valleys felt her feet
         Gently upon their bosoms move:
     Thy gates beheld sweet Zion's ways:
         Then was a time of joy and love.

     And now the time returns again:
       Our souls exult, and London's towers
   Receive the Lamb of God to dwell
       In England's green and pleasant bowers.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 01, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA XXXX XBXB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 483
Words 76
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

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