15 May 2011

Milton, Blake and the Royal wedding

I have just read an article in The Daily Telegraph that 
contains the music list that was played at the Royal wedding
a few weeks ago. To my surprise, Blake (1757-1827)and 
Milton (1608-1674) played an important part in the whole
event. Here is the video related to Milton´s  
At a Solemn Musik poem which 
starts with Blest pair of sirens.

BLEST pair of Sirens, pledges of Heav'ns joy,
Sphear-born harmonious Sisters, Voice, and Vers,
Wed your divine sounds, and mixt power employ
Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce,
And to our high-rais'd phantasie present,
That undisturbèd Song of pure content,
Ay sung before the saphire-colour'd throne
To him that sits theron
With Saintly shout, and solemn Jubily,

And here comes the video related to Blake´s Jerusalem .

               JERUSALEM (from 'Milton')
                        by: William Blake (1757-1827)
      ND 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.
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