Friday, April 11, 2008

In a land without morals, it’s no wonder children kill each other

Banning ‘Jerusalem’

I prefer chant to hymns and this isn’t a hymn really but I like it (and for historical reasons don’t like ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’*): a Christian reference and the right kind of patriotism, a beautiful national legend as well as criticism. Blake’s England was turning into dark satanic mills; that and the ‘Enlightenment’ that fuelled it caused reactions ranging from Methodism and later the Salvation Army to Romanticism including the Gothic Revival in architecture which when it got together with Tractarian theology begat Anglo-Catholicism.

I also like Holst’s music (from The Planets) to ‘I Vow to Thee, My Country’.

From LRC.

*Taking God’s name in vain, for his (and for righteousness’) sake suspending rule of law, killing civilians and burning down cities. There’s always been a dangerous strain of that idealism in American culture and both the left (for example clamouring to shut down a church simply because its views no longer agree with upper-middle-class society’s) and now what passes for the right fall for it.

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