And did this air in ancient time
And was the rooted tree of life
From mountain peaks to valleys seen.
And where the ocean met the shore
The dream emerged on new found feet
And was imagined here, light of day
The cool of night and breath so sweet.
One hunter’s song in search of peace
Found kindred voice in shared release
Within the hearth’s ancestral fire
A light beyond the common feast.
And shared in work their future’s need
And in earth’s turn one life one love
An ageless legacy here to hold
Within this star’s celestial glove.
(Read at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, February 8, 2015, and sung to the anthem "Jerusalem" June 1, 2014. The music was originally created by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916 for William Blake's poem - a truly beautiful lament against the industrial revolution, but was used as a pro-nationalist hymn during WWI).