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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

  • Gold Star - 8,417 Points Tom Allport (12/18/2016 8:36:00 AM)

    when will we ever learn that war is one big waste of time and life (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,705 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,682 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. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  3. 3. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  4. 4. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  5. 5. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  6. 6. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  7. 7. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  8. 8. Love And War , Ovid
  9. 9. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  10. 10. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  11. 11. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  12. 12. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  13. 13. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  14. 14. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Nefarious War , Li Po
  16. 16. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  17. 17. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  18. 18. The Next War , Robert Graves
  19. 19. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  21. 21. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  24. 24. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  25. 25. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  26. 26. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  27. 27. War Song , John Davidson
  28. 28. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  29. 29. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  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. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  36. 36. The War After The War , John Le Gay Brereton
  37. 37. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  38. 38. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  39. 39. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  40. 40. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  41. 41. War And Peace , Franklin Pierce Adams
  42. 42. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  43. 43. War Song , Thomas Moore
  44. 44. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against T.. , Hayden Carruth
  45. 45. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  46. 46. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  47. 47. War , Charles Wagner
  48. 48. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  49. 49. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  50. 50. In Spite Of War , Angela Morgan
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