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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. Love And War , Ovid
  3. 3. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  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. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  11. 11. Nefarious War , Li Po
  12. 12. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  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. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  19. 19. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  20. 20. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  22. 22. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  23. 23. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  24. 24. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  25. 25. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  26. 26. The Next War , Robert Graves
  27. 27. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  28. 28. War Song , John Davidson
  29. 29. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  30. 30. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  31. 31. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  32. 32. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  33. 33. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  34. 34. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  35. 35. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  36. 36. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  37. 37. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  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. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. 44. The War After The War , John Le Gay Brereton
  45. 45. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  46. 46. In Spite Of War , Angela Morgan
  47. 47. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  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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