Bring Me My Chariot of Fire

The Jerusalem Gallery

Bring Me My Chariot of Fire

Modern Chariot of FireBring Me My Chariot of Fire is the last line of the third verse of Jerusalem and was written at a time (circa 1808) when the world’s first steam locomotives were being developed. Blake has talked about the Dark Satanic Mills which is generally perceived to be a reference to the industrialisation that was taking place in Great Britain at the time. Taking our own location in Shropshire where the ironmaking processes were developed, the world’s first iron bridge cast and erected and the bestowed title “Birthplace of Industry”. We note that in 1803 efforts were already being made by Richard Trevithick to develop a steam locomotive for Coalbrookdale (now Ironbridge).

Although technical details of Trevithick’s Coalbrookdale locomotive remain sketchy with only drawings of it preserved at the London Science Museum we have to assume that as a learned man, William Blake was aware…

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