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Supremely well-known, JeruSalem has (iron­i­cally, given the ti­tle) be­come a prom­i­nent Bri­tish pa­tri­otic song, to the point of it be­ing a close sub­sti­tute for the of­fi­cial na­tional an­them (in fact, king Ge­orge V is said to have pre­ferred it over God Save the king/Queen). It has such a time­less qual­ity that you may be sur­prised to learn that its mu­si­cal com­po­si­tion only dates back to 1916, when the english com­poser Hu­bert parry (then in his late 60s) was asked to write an an­them to the words of wil­liam Blake’s poem and Did Those Feet In an­cient Time (which is in fact the orig­i­nal - and of­fi­cial - ti­tle of the com­po­si­tion). Blake’s poem, writ­ten over a cen­tury ear­lier, asks the (pre­sum­ably rhetor­i­cal) ques­tion of whether Je­sus Christ ever vis­ited eng­land. It evokes emo­tive nos­tal­gia, pride, re­solve and rous­ing calls to fight, and so was cho­sen by the Fight For right cam­paign to help raise pa­tri­otic fight­ing spir­its dur­ing the First World war. parry was hes­i­tant to take on the task at first, but was even­tu­ally con­vinced to set the poem to mu­sic, and it was pre­sented at the royal Col­lege of mu­sic and pub­lished in march 1916. parry re­mained un­com­fort­able about the use of the work, but was pla­cated when in the fol­low­ing year the Suf­fragette move­ment took it as their an­them in their quest to bring votes to

Hu­bert Parry: un­com­fort­able with Jerusalem at the be­gin­ning

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