Question: Did Jesus visit England as a young man?
Answer: No. It is ‘just nonsense’ (according to the Bishop of Peterborough)
objections include that the hymn’s opening lines ‘And did those feet in ancient time/Walk upon England’s mountains green’ are inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus visited Glastonbury in Somerset.
Donald Allister, now the Bishop of Peterborough, has complained: ‘What it is actually saying is, “Wouldn’t it be nice if Jesus lived in England?” Yet we all know he did not, so it is just nonsense.’
Question: Is this hymn banned?
Answer: No, but you can only have it if you get a choir in to sing it with their own organist.
Question: Is it really a hymn?
Answer: Only if you want your wedding talk to tell you why it is nonsense.