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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
To the Christians

William Blake (1757–1827)
 
ENGLAND! 1 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        5
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        10
Receive the Lamb of God to dwell
In England’s green and pleasant bowers.
 
Note 1. Blake. To the Christians, from the ‘Prophetic books’. [back]
 
 
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