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Jerusalem


Satanic Mills

There are many theories about what Blake’s words to ‘Jerusalem’ mean; one theory claims that the ‘satanic mills’ are an obscure (very obscure) reference to Stonehenge. Honestly.

Druids

The first modern Druid ceremony was held at Primrose Hill in north London. William Blake, who claimed to be a Druid himself, believed that the English Jerusalem may have been located here, and that Stonehenge was one of the Druids’ temples.

Stonehenge and Jerusalem

The first modern Druid ceremony was held at Primrose Hill in north London. William Blake, who claimed to be a Druid himself, believed that the English Jerusalem may have been located here, and that Stonehenge was one of the Druids’ temples.

Hymn

“Jerusalem” is used in many episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In one, the hymn must be sung to get a salesman to remove a bag from over his head (obviously!) and in another a man is arrested for murder, and they conclude his arrest with a hymn which is, of course, “Jerusalem”.

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