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A War Song To Englishmen - Poem by William Blake

Prepare, prepare the iron helm of war,
Bring forth the lots, cast in the spacious orb;
Th' Angel of Fate turns them with mighty hands,
And casts them out upon the darken'd earth!
Prepare, prepare!

Prepare your hearts for Death's cold hand! prepare
Your souls for flight, your bodies for the earth;
Prepare your arms for glorious victory;
Prepare your eyes to meet a holy God!
Prepare, prepare!

Whose fatal scroll is that? Methinks 'tis mine!
Why sinks my heart, why faltereth my tongue?
Had I three lives, I'd die in such a cause,
And rise, with ghosts, over the well-fought field.
Prepare, prepare!

The arrows of Almighty God are drawn!
Angels of Death stand in the louring heavens!
Thousands of souls must seek the realms of light,
And walk together on the clouds of heaven!
Prepare, prepare!

Soldiers, prepare! Our cause is Heaven's cause;
Soldiers, prepare! Be worthy of our cause:
Prepare to meet our fathers in the sky:
Prepare, O troops, that are to fall to-day!
Prepare, prepare!

Alfred shall smile, and make his harp rejoice;
The Norman William, and the learnèd Clerk,
And Lion Heart, and black-brow'd Edward, with
His loyal queen, shall rise, and welcome us!
Prepare, prepare!


Comments about A War Song To Englishmen by William Blake

  • Veteran Poet - 1,273 Points Stephen Loomes (9/22/2016 2:27:00 AM)

    The great genius speaks of life, and how it must end for us all, we soldiers of reality. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,597 Points Stephen W (12/25/2013 6:25:00 PM)

    Is this ironic? It fits our own times I suppose well enough. (Report) Reply

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Poems About War

  1. 1. A War Song To Englishmen , William Blake
  2. 2. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  3. 3. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  4. 4. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  5. 5. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  6. 6. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  7. 7. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  8. 8. Love And War , Ovid
  9. 9. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  10. 10. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  11. 11. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  12. 12. Nefarious War , Li Po
  13. 13. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  14. 14. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  16. 16. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  18. 18. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  21. 21. The Next War , Robert Graves
  22. 22. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  23. 23. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  24. 24. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  25. 25. War Song , John Davidson
  26. 26. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  27. 27. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  28. 28. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  29. 29. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  30. 30. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  31. 31. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  32. 32. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  33. 33. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  34. 34. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  35. 35. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  36. 36. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  38. 38. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  39. 39. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  40. 40. War Song , Thomas Moore
  41. 41. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  42. 42. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  43. 43. Love And War , Arthur Patchett Martin
  44. 44. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. The War After The War , John Le Gay Brereton
  46. 46. War And Peace , Franklin Pierce Adams
  47. 47. On War , Augustus Montague Toplady
  48. 48. War , Charles Wagner
  49. 49. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  50. 50. A Radical War Song , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
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