England's green and pleasant land.

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountain 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 those 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

Did England ever look more lovely than she does now in the week that we that we celebrate Shakespeare and St George?


  1. That is such a beautiful post.

  2. Thank you for sharing the beauty of England through your art!

  3. Wonderful, Valerie - cowslips, primroses, country churches - all bring back happy childhood memories of this wonderful time of year. Lovely illlustration - so cheerful and heart warming:)

  4. Your post is making me homesick for England! Your illustration is so lovely. I confess I had to sing the words of the Blake poem to the beloved tune I hadn't thought of for ages. Many thanks.

  5. I do so wish I was there.
    Gorgeous poem.
    Gorgeous art.
    Gorgeous land.

  6. Lovely picture, lovely sentiment, Valerie. I honestly cannot remember when we had such a beautiful Spring - certainly not for the last few years - and doesn't it make us all feel good?

  7. It is a proper Spring, the first we've had for years and I can vouch that your lovely artwork does it full justice - our little church is looking not unlike that, in fact!

  8. This is one of my favourite Blake poems and always when I hear or read it am reminded of England -- which I miss along with my friends there, of the movie by the name "Chariots of Fire", how good and handsome those boys were and how good and sweet life is...


  9. and your illustration shows this perfectly, beautiful

  10. There is nowhere better. x

  11. What a lovely painting, Valerie! I love the format. Just lovely!

  12. Lovely painting, Valerie! So evocative. And I love the Blake poem, too. I lived in England for a bit, and springtime was so very beautiful. Makes me wish I were there now-- lucky you! :)

  13. Lovely illustration and lovely words. The colours you use are just perfect.
    I had a little guinea pig called Gabriel who used to love it when he heard Jerusalem, he used to squeek along to it.

  14. Hello Valerie
    I have been blogging a little about you and another lovely artist today. Hope some new people come and visit your blog and shop. I enjoy your work so much.

  15. Thank you so much for reminding me.
    I will wear my St George brooch tomorrow. Happy St.George's Day.

  16. How very lovely. Recently I had the privilege of speaking with a couple from England. What lovely people! They were visiting the town of Mt. Angel to watch the Glockenspiel play. It is the second largest in the world.

    I have a yearning to see England one of these days, along with Ireland and Scotland.