And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
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 & pleasant Land
This little known poem was included in an anthology of verse edited by the Poet Laureate, Robert Bridges and published in 1916. This was a time when morale was low due to the enormous casualties in the WWI. Bridges asked Sir Hubert Parry to add music to it.
In 1917, the song was used by the Sufragettes and
Millicent Garrett Fawcett of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) asked Parry if it could be used at the Suffrage Demonstration Conference 1918. After the Conference Millicent asked Parry if it could become the Women's Voters Hymn. He was delighted and and assigned copyright to the NUWSS. When the organisation was wound up in 1928 Parry's executors re-assigned it over to the Women's Institute.