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Did Those Feet

Speaking of hymns, Willliam Blake's best-known hymn is Jerusalem.

Did those feet in ancient times
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? . . .

The current edition of THIS ENGLAND reminds us of the legends that Jesus visited England early in his life. The magazine contains interesting evidence from the author Glyn Lewis that suggests the legends may be true.

When Jesus was a boy, traders from Israel and Phoenicia sailed to Cornwall to pick up ingots of tin. Lewis says there is evidence that Joseph of Arimathaea was involved in the tin trade, that he was Mary's uncle, and that he became Jesus' guardian when Mary's husband Joseph died. Indeed archaeologists have translated Phoenician pictographs carved on the arch of an old church in Cornwall as referring to Jesus's early life. They come from an ancient shrine that predates the church.