Fitting the pieces together

On the tube today, I noticed a poem by William Blake as part of the Poems on the Underground series. Not very noteworthy in itself, but the poem specifically mentioned parts of London like Islington, Marylebone, St.John’s Wood and St. Pancras (such familiar London territory) and I was intrigued because to me Blake was always the poet who wrote ‘The Tiger‘ and other poems along those lines. Bit silly of me I suppose – I hadn’t done a Blake introspective, clearly! Anyway, I came back and did some Google work, and found that the poem was printed as part of the Story of London festival, a ‘month long celebration of London’s past, present and future’, and that tube commuters are supposed to get a free booklet of all the poems being published as part of this series, including ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge‘ by William Wordsworth. 

I can tell you that I’m going to be keeping an eye out for that booklet, though I haven’t seen it yet at any tube station – not too surprising since it was only released a few days ago.
Here’s the poem. It’s actually an excerpt from ‘Prophetic Books by William Blake: Jerusalem‘, not a separate piece of work in itself, but nice, nevertheless.

The fields from Islington to Marybone,

To Primrose Hill and Saint John’s Wood,

Were builded over with pillars of gold,

And there Jerusalem’s pillars stood.


Her Little-ones ran on the fields,

The Lamb of God among them seen,

And fair Jerusalem his Bride,

Among the little meadows green.


Pancrass & Kentish-town repose

Among her golden pillars high:

Among her golden arches which

Shine upon the starry sky.


The Jew’s-harp-house & the Green Man,

The Ponds where Boys to bathe delight,

The fields of Cows by William’s farm,

Shine in Jerusalem’s pleasant sight. 

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