First it was last evening’s Rule Britannia faux pas, now this – anyone see something wrong, apart from Elton John and Cameron?
No? Wildly waving union flags while the anthem is for England. And as for Blake – well here’s one tale from the socialist BBC:
[T]he legend of Jesus walking upon England’s mountains green is part and parcel of the cycle of medieval legends about Britain’s own King Arthur. Those stories say that after Jesus’s Crucifixion, Joseph took the Holy Grail to Glastonbury, where he established the first English church. But that’s not all he left. According to the 14th Century monk John of Glastonbury, Arthur, the greatest of British heroes, was Joseph’s great-great-great-great grandson – and therefore related to Jesus himself.
You can’t get any more occult and satanic than the Arthurian romance – just ask Morgan le Fey. And the anthem certainly divides:
Upon hearing the orchestral version for the first time, King George V said that he preferred that “Jerusalem” replace “God Save the King” as the national anthem.
On St George’s Day, 23 April 2010, the Commonwealth Games Council for England launched a poll to allow the public to decide which anthem would be played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games – voters could choose between “God Save the Queen”, “Jerusalem” and “Land of Hope and Glory” with the winning song being adopted as the official anthem.
“Jerusalem” was declared the winner on 30 May 2010, securing 52% of the vote.
Quite like that. “52%” has a certain ring to it, don’t you feel?
But Tristram, for the love of the Holy Lamb of God, please don’t let it be Jerusalem. The truth about Jerusalem is that it isn’t a patriotic poem at all. Parry’s music gives the hymn an upbeat tempo – especially with the booming orchestration by Edward Elgar – but William Blake’s original words are as laced with resentful irony as Shostakovich’s Leningrad symphony.
No worse than our national day being St George’s. I’m squarely in the Jerusalem camp, mainly because it causes such division, it’s so ambivalent and eccentric and after all – England should be all at sea about its origins.
But there are two other reasons it should be our anthem:
1. Blake’s mysticism. It’s fun having something actually spiritual for the blunt and godless English who invented cricket so that they could get some concept of spirituality.
2. The music by Hubert Parry, which was orchestrated by Edward Elgar in 1922 for a large orchestra at the Leeds Festival [Wiki].
It also has Crusader overtones, something most necessary at this time of being overrun by the invader, the first time since 1066.
Then there is the question of why the adoption of any sort of loyalty towards England itself, within England, should cause such consternation and how those espousing it should be so vilified and seen only as chavs, why it should be seen as far right and extremist.
Just what do the global elite within England fear most? The pollies aren’t even allowed to say the dreaded word “England”.
As for those rival tunes – God Save the Queen is for the Queen of GB and NI, Land of Hope and glory is not English, it’s British. The only English anthem is Jerusalem.