Jerusalem: England! awake! awake! awake!

Original Text: 
William Blake, Jerusalem (1804).
2      Jerusalem thy Sister calls!
3Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death
4      And close her from thy ancient walls?
5Thy hills and valleys felt her feet
6      Gently upon their bosoms move:
7Thy gates beheld sweet Zion's ways:
8      Then was a time of joy and love.
9And now the time returns again:
10      Our souls exult, and London's towers
11Receive the Lamb of God to dwell
12      In England's green and pleasant bowers.


1] First engraved by Blake in or shortly after 1818, although it bears the date 1804 on its title-page. It is in four parts and comprises one hundred plates. Six copies survive, one in colour. The first extract is from Plate 15 in the first part; the second is from the introduction to the fourth part, Plate 77. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
ca. 1818 (the stated date of printing notwithstanding)
RPO poem Editors: 
Northrop Frye
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.299.