I didn’t get up in the middle of my night to watch Kate and William wed so I missed hearing them sing “And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times?” at the end. The following, by Colin McEnroe, is about that.
And it’s not even really a hymn.
It’s based on Blake’s poem which sets the chimerical notion of Jesus walking in England against the imperfections of the industrial revolution and then vows to do something about it.
Two of the “Today” show wedding commentators were exalting the song and saying it was played also at their weddings because, said one, it ends “In England’s green and pleasant land.”
The whole idea of the poem and the song is that everything is very screwed up and needs not to be.
What can you do with people?