Tuesday Tunes: Jerusalem

The Cotswolds

 

Unofficially, the beautiful hymn,  “Jerusalem” is often seen as a national hymn 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.”

 

 

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 an afternoon painting.  Here’s the result. 🙂

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

by Tonya Rieley Hengerer

 

Enjoy your day!

20 Comments »

  1. You have great talent as an artist – a painter and it is a gift that will bring much joy and happiness to people who receives your art in their homes. I loved it and the painting literally made me feel the depth of the ocean amidst a beautiful landscape. Nice job Tonya. I envy your life as it has much meaning and joy always.

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  2. I agree with Anne, your painting is lovely & I’m afraid I couldn’t play the music either, although I was only singing that same beautiful hymn last Friday, unfortunately at a funeral. The words are beautiful. It is my favourite hymn. Our English anthem I suppose is ‘God Save the Queen’ (never been a great favourite of mine, but it’s always sung with passion as and when appropriate :-))

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  3. Yes, your painting is beautiful and really does capture something very English in it’s tone. ‘Jerusalem’ is so much a woven part of the fabric of being English that it sparks emotion without even hearing it … school, weddings, funerals and that Chariots of Fire mindset that gives us the Bulldog Spirit when the chips are down. Or at least feel that way 😉

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