LONDON (AP) _ There are no ``dark satanic mills'' in Con Connell's gentle poem about the quiet beauty of the British countryside.

But Connell's ``Harvest Time: a Needlework Map commemorating the Millennium'' was declared on Thursday to be a worthy successor to William Blake's ``Jerusalem.''

Connell, a 54-year-old computer specialist from Southampton in southern England, beat more than 5,000 other amateur poets to triumph in the British Broadcasting Corporation's ``Poem For Britain'' competition. His poem was to be performed live on BBC TV's ``Essential Poems for Britain'' program on Thursday evening.

Blake's poem evokes the legend that the child Jesus visited England:

``...And did the Countenance Divine,

``Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

``And was Jerusalem builded here,

``Among these dark Satanic mills?''

The BBC challenged Britain's poets to write a work to match ``the intensity and resonance of Blake,'' and was rewarded with a selection of poems involving everything from sex, to Big Brother and suburbia.

``British identity is shaped by poetry. Through the competition we also saw the fascinating results of a cultural examination of the nation's self-perception,'' said ``Essential Poems for Britain'' host Daisy Goodwin.

Connell said the competition ``is a marvelous idea for encouraging a wider interest in poetry.''

In the poem, he muses that:

``Our village holds no special place

``In history. Its public face

``Would cause no traveler to pause,

``Its landscape merits no applause.

``We love it though. And love declares

``Its memories, in patchwork squares,

``And fabric images that bind

``The heritage we leave behind.

``Each public, private thought portrayed,

``Each delicately appliqued.

``We stretch our memories on frames,

``Without exaggerated claims,

``Knowing each proud biography

``Embroiders our geography.

``This warning, too, our needles know,

``That as we reap, so shall we sew.''

Judges included the British poet Roger McGough and writer and broadcaster Nigel Williams.