Dating and glastonbury

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begins William Blake's poem ‘Prelude To Milton,’ the basis of England's "alternate national anthem," Jerusalem.

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He came to Britain with other disciples and founded the first British church at Glastonbury, where he planted his staff.

This miraculously flowered into a tree, The Glastonbury Thorn, whose offshoots may still be seen today, flowering every Christmas.

(See inset below right.) It is perhaps the most familiar source referring to what is known as the Glastonbury Legend or The Holy Legend, though the allusion is not always understood by those singing the hymn.

In summary, the legend is this: Joseph of Arimatheia was a rich man, a relative of Jesus (and one of his covert disciples), who after the Crucifixion claimed the body of Jesus from Pilate.

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(It is also said to be part of Cornish tin-miners folklore that there is a saying and song that "Joseph Was A Tin-Man and the miners loved him well.") The New Testament also says he claimed the body from Pilate -- which implies legally he was a relative, usually given as an uncle.

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