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What's your anthem?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 12:43 UK time, Friday, 17 October 2008

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For The One Show, Angellica Bell looked at the meaning, and history of, William Blake's Jerusalem.

'And did those feet in ancient time' is a short poem by Blake from the preface to his epic Milton: a Poem (1804).

Blake was inspired by the legend that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, visited England - making it heaven on earth. It was this poem that was put to music written by C. Hubert H. Parry in 1916 that is best known as the hymn 'Jerusalem'.

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