VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time

William Blake

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shrine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear; O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green & pleasant Land.

-from Milton

Blake's words (some of which furnished the movie title Chariots of Fire) are very likely the most inspiring ever written by an Englishman for Englishmen. A tradition of rugged struggle extends from Milton and Bunyan in the seventeenth century, through Blake and Wordsworth in the eighteenth and nineteenth, down to our own time in writers as diverse as W. B. Yeats and Joyce