You need to hear the new version of Jerusalem for the Commonwealth Games

NORTH of the border they’ve Flower of Scotland and in Wales they’ve Land of My Fathers. Sorry, Ma’am, however each are extra stirring than the House Nations’ joint nationwide anthem of God Save the Queen.

Npower’s new version of Jerusalem, recorded by Britain’s Received Expertise winner Tokio Myers and The Voice’s Jazmin Sawyers is the good anthem to push our athletes to victory in subsequent month’s Commonwealth Games.

Jerusalem was tailored by composer Sir Hubert Parry from William Blake’s 1804 poem And Did These Ft in Historic Time. Parry did this in 1916, in a bid to bolster the spirits of the nation throughout the First World Conflict. King George V instantly stated that he most popular Jerusalem to the official nationwide anthem.

Blake was impressed to write the poem by a legend a few younger Jesus taking a visit that hundreds of thousands extra younger individuals have been doing ever since – to Glastonbury.

In the first verse he speculates whether or not Christ had the pleasure of strolling upon England’s “mountains inexperienced” and if he noticed our “nice pastures”.

Admittedly, the second verse, with its “clouded hills” and “darkish satanic mills” paints a much less engaging image of the nation, however examine that with verse two of God Save the Queen. Do we actually need to be speaking about irritating the knavish tips of our enemies, and making them fall, whereas we’re in tough negotiations over future commerce agreements? Maybe, then, the humility of Jerusalem’s second verse is extra tactful proper now.

Jerusalem’s third verse, although, is actually inspirational. A bow of burning gold, arrows of want and, greatest of all, a chariot of hearth mix to painting true heroism.

In truth, Jerusalem is already England’s unofficial sporting anthem, recurrently aired by cricket followers at Lords and rugby aficionados at Twickenham. Isn’t now the time to affirm its place?

All of which isn’t to say that God Save the Queen ought to go. It’ll all the time stay Nice Britain’s nationwide anthem. It’s a suitably dignified and sombre celebration of our royalty for official events. However let’s maintain it for these and let Jerusalem lead the approach for England on the sports area.

Think about the new version of Jerusalem booming out throughout Australia’s Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. What higher encouragement might there be for our proud athletes to deliver some extra burning gold again to England’s inexperienced and nice land. Both by aeroplane or by chariot of hearth.

 

NORTH of the border they’ve Flower of Scotland and in Wales they’ve Land of My Fathers. Sorry, Ma’am, however each are extra stirring than the House Nations’ joint nationwide anthem of God Save the Queen.