William Blake : Milton, plate 1
William Blake
And did those feet in ancient times
    a Poem in 2 Books  
    To Justify the Ways of God to Men  
    PLATE 1 
    The Stolen and Perverted Writings of Homer &  
    Ovid: of Plato & Cicero. which all Men ought to  
    contemn: are set up by artifice against the Sublime  
    of the Bible. but when the New Age is at leisure  
    to Pronounce: all will be set right: & those Grand  
    Works of the more ancient & consciously & profes- 
    sedly Inspired Men, will hold their proper rank, &  
    the Daughters of Memory shall become the Daugh- 
    ters of Inspiration. Shakspeare & Milton were  
    both curbd by the general malady & infection from  
    the silly Greek & Latin slaves of the Sword. 
    Rouze up O Young Men of the New Age! set your  
    foreheads against the ignorant Hirelings! For  
    we have Hirelings in the Camp, the Court & the Uni- 
    versity: who would if they could, for ever depress Ment- 
    al & prolong Corporeal War. Painters! on you I call!  
    Sculptors! Architects! Suffer not the fashonable Fools  
    to depress your powers by the prices they pretend to  
    give for contemptible works or the expensive adver- 
    tizing boasts that they make of such works; believe  
    Christ & his Apostles that there is a Class of Men  
    whose whole delight is in Destroying. We do not  
    want either Greek or Roman Models if we are but  
    just & true to our own Imaginations, those Worlds  
    of Eternity in which we shall live for ever; in  
    Jesus our Lord.  
        And did those feet in ancient time.  
      Walk upon Englands mountains green:  
      And was the holy Lamb of God,  
      On Englands 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 Englands green & pleasant Land  
    Would to God that all the Lords people 
                were Prophets  
            Numbers XI.ch  29.v. 
Songs of Innocence and of Experience * And did those feet in ancient times
The book of Thel * The Marriage of Heaven and Hell * Jerusalem (30 plates)
The book of Urizen * The book of Ahania * The book of Los
William Blake : Milton, plate 1