William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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!


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    it's nice
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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (7/5/2019 10:27:00 PM)

    A strong motivational poem. But I hate wars.(Report)Reply

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    A great war song composed by a master craftsman, giving a call to soldiers of the land to get prepared for war for protecting the honor of motherland.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (7/5/2019 6:24:00 AM)

    How beautifully the poet builds up the theme
    with the words: Prepare, prepare...
    William Blake is WB, really, you don't need to paint
    peacock's eggs.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 3:11:00 AM)

    CONGRATULATIONS to his closest descendants on being chosen by Poem Hunter and Team as The Classic Poem Of The Day, one day after my first Grandson's BirthDay, Hurray! I am happy truly. God always Blesses us perpetually. Blake was not mad, even Vincent was not mad, of course not to be considered as equals, but their closeness to their own ART is greatest. They had been never mad or insane. They are exceptionals.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 2:54:00 AM)

    Considered MAD by Contemporaries for his most idiotic views and his idiosyncratic views, BUT he is considered a GENIUS after his death. His contemporaries were very JEALOUS, I reckon, that's why.Like in our own time, look at Vincent, the Dutch painter, the eldest son of the head of The Protestant Church, constantly regarded as a clochard, a drunkard, now since decennia WORLD FAMOUS.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 2:45:00 AM)

    Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views,
    Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity,
    and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work.
    His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of both the Romantic movement and " Pre-Romantic"(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/5/2019 2:04:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful poem by Poet Blake on preparing soldiers to fight bravely and die even with courage to reach heaven being invited by great personalities of Britain!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/5/2019 1:01:00 AM)

    Prepare! ! ! ! ! Prepare! ! ! ! ! ! War is at Hand!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/5/2019 12:45:00 AM)

    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! .....touching expression with inspired advice. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/5/2019 12:33:00 AM)

    Great
    indeed great
    great always.................................................................10++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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