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!

Comments about A War Song To Englishmen by William Blake

  • (3/2/2018 7:41:00 AM)

    okay nice...not bad just a little more feeling will do (Report) Reply

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  • (2/25/2018 8:19:00 PM)

    this is pretty epic and cool (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2018 3:03:00 PM)

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    (2/22/2018 10:04:00 PM)

    i will, send us nudes

    (2/22/2018 7:36:00 AM)

    ive lost my son help

  • (2/19/2018 3:01:00 PM)

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  • (2/6/2018 2:47:00 PM)

    How dare you Pussy, Lucy Dais Kashomir disrespect my poem like that you ungrateful full fools. Because of your insult I shall hence fore haunt you for the rest of your miserable little lives. HA HA HA! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • (1/23/2018 10:28:00 AM)

    this is so weird
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  • (1/23/2018 10:26:00 AM)

    Wow such an ugly voise (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2018 6:07:00 AM)

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  • Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/9/2017 10:04:00 PM)

    very nine, really i enjoy this poem, thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2017 1:04:00 PM)

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  • (12/7/2017 6:17:00 AM)

    very beautiful
    very touching to me
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/28/2017 8:19:00 PM)

    this played out loud in class oops (Report) Reply

  • (11/21/2017 2:40:00 AM)

    I really enjoyed this poem it is very emotional (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2017 11:19:00 AM)

    i love this poem it makes you feel sorry for the people who died (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/26/2017 12:26:00 PM)

    A great poem suggesting us to face life with a realistic approach. (Report) Reply

  • Mazloom Gill (7/24/2017 3:02:00 AM)

    very nice and peculiar, I suggest you to read my poem war reality. thanks (Report) Reply

    (11/9/2017 11:20:00 AM)

    sorry I wasmeant to prease bad

  • Jim Morris (6/21/2017 9:08:00 AM)

    Poted by a student in my class: I had to read some poems for an English project. I found this one by William Blake, but I didn't realize that he was an English poet in the 1700s. I like how this describes the battlefield and what might be going through the soldier's mind. They run into battle willing to die for their country, and that is very honorable. Because they know it's for a good cause and they will go to a better place if they die. I thank all those who risk their lives and die for their country. (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2017 11:41:00 AM)

    I found this poem very inspirational. It tells you a lot of the things the soldiers are going through. They experience many things like death and victory. Overall I'm very grateful for veterans and the service they provide us with! (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2017 10:29:00 AM)

    Dear, Mr Amichai I am working on a project in English where I find soldiers poems, stories, or journal entries and analyse them. after reading your poem i wanted to comment about it. i really love where you are coming from in this poem. a lot of people take memorial day for granted and they should not because soldiers have given us everything we have today and i would just like to say thank you and i will be remembering all those that have fallen this memorial day. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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