Blake's Awsome Poem

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Blake's Awsome Poem

#1 Post by FranktheFrank » 05 May 2019, 03:18

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.
William Blake
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Blake wrote this awesome poem when most of England gave assent
to a divine being ruling with sovereign power this universe that we see
each starry night. Not Just England, but Wales and most of the European
continent, so also with those new lands, new nations overseas, colonies
and dominions all around this globe. Not only the Christian religion
thought a divine King, but also the Jews, the Moslems and other nations
preached a God or Gods. We are now in an age where any religion is allowed
and this includes witchcraft, not something to joke about as some of these
are religion that mimic the old Baal, cruel and deadly, sinful and evil.
This hymns reflects Blake's love of his own country, England. He speaks
of his hope that God walked as a man in England, it's possible of course,
but I suppose not likely. This poem is sung as a Hymn in some places
of worship, it is sung at the opening of the Women's Institutes all
over the UK each week and in other countries. Many sing it without
any belief in a divine being, many sing it in faith. My point it that
it is beautiful to the believers, even enjoyable to unbelievers
who cannot truly understand what they are singing. Blake may
have been wrong about the divine walking in England's green
and pleasant land, it is a wishful desire, poetic licence, rather
beautiful and awesome.

Mock the Christian, defile him as mad seems to be the current
trend. We are tarred as mad, simpletons, foolish beyond
belief. But we understand that very well because we were
before conversion the very same as the mockers. So we don't
hate the mockers, we understand and that can infuriate the
mocker, it seems as if we are condescending. But there is only
one way to say it, we believe in a God of love, we are not concerned
about other religions, there can only be one true religion and by saying
Christ we make enemies. Many sinful acts have been done in the name
of religion, many mistakes, many people twist the truth and say God
demands their actions as valid ways to worship. There are many charlatans.
The true Christian is know by God. There are many preachers, many doctrines
some way of centre, some sinful. The basis of Christianity is to love God
and to love your fellow man as oneself. If we don't so that we fail, fall short
of our calling. If we retaliate evil for evil we are no better than the Satanist.
if we love only our friends, what glory is there for us, none. Even the pagan
looks after his own.

Yes, it hurts to see our Lord mocked and reviled. We can ignore this,
but the damage accrues to the mocker and there is a final reckoning.
If Christians are involved in poetry forums then we have to accept
that not everyone shares our views. Sometimes our poems reflect
a voice not our own, that is N, the narrator. I forgive all my enemies.
And I hope God will forgive me my transgressions.
Amen.

Kenneth2816
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Re: Blake's Awsome Poem

#2 Post by Kenneth2816 » 05 May 2019, 15:58

Your religious views are your own . I don't think anyone cares. Not the place for this

Yes, it hurts to see our Lord mocked and reviled. We can ignore this,
but the damage accrues to the mocker and there is a final reckoning.

This. Jesus was never coercive nor did he push himself in anyone. Who mocked? Why bring it up here Frank?

Kenneth2816
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Re: Blake's Awsome Poem

#3 Post by Kenneth2816 » 06 May 2019, 01:36

If there was a way to block you, I would. All this talk about "Your enemies" sounds like some form of paranoia. I truly can't be the only one who does not appreciate your abusing this forum with your inane religious bigotry

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