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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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Andy Valdes (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

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Jared Dupuis (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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dylan Speak (5/12/2017 8:18:00 AM)

    Thank you Mr. Blake for showing how the services people do for our country affect them. How their lives on the line for everybody. They go through adrenaline, fear, excitement, and speed. They prepared for everything they had to go through. (Report) Reply

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Poems About War

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