Tuesday Tunes

 

England doesn’t have a national anthem; however, unofficially the beautiful “Jerusalem” hymn is seen as such by many English people.  “Jerusalem” was originally written as a poem by William Blake in 1804.  The lyrics, written by Hubert Parry, were added to music in 1916 during the gloom of WWI when an uplifting new English hymn was well received and needed.

 

“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.”

 

 

 

 

“Sea Dreams” 8.5 x 11.5″ acrylic on canvas.

by Tonya Rieley Hengerer

 

After visiting a number of wonderful art galleries in the Cotswolds as well as spending the last week in England’s “green and pleasant land,” I was inspired by this country’s many breathtaking landscapes to pass a delightful afternoon painting.  This worked out well as Farmguy was watching the Euro Cup. 🙂

46 Comments »

  1. What a lovely painting …. England is a very beautiful country and Blake pretty well nailed it in his poem. I’m not talking about the European Cup though having had my adopted country beaten in the final. Hey ho – there’s always next time!

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  2. Beautiful painting! Isn’t it wonderful to have a few days to see the beauty? Yes, it certainly makes you think of music, and the landscape definitely fits the unofficial national anthem. -Jennie-

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  3. Such a lively painting! 🙂 I loved the context you explained! I belive that a painting reflects the artist’s vision, surely you had a beautiful perception of the landscape! 🙂

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