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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 - 8,502 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. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  3. 3. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  4. 4. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  5. 5. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  6. 6. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  7. 7. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  8. 8. Love And War , Ovid
  9. 9. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  10. 10. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  11. 11. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  12. 12. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  14. 14. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  15. 15. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  16. 16. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  17. 17. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  18. 18. Nefarious War , Li Po
  19. 19. The Next War , Robert Graves
  20. 20. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  22. 22. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  23. 23. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  24. 24. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  25. 25. War Song , John Davidson
  26. 26. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  27. 27. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  28. 28. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  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 Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  34. 34. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  35. 35. War , Charles Wagner
  36. 36. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  38. 38. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  39. 39. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  40. 40. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  41. 41. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  42. 42. War Song , Thomas Moore
  43. 43. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  44. 44. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  45. 45. War And Peace , Franklin Pierce Adams
  46. 46. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  47. 47. In Spite Of War , Angela Morgan
  48. 48. The War After The War , John Le Gay Brereton
  49. 49. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  50. 50. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against T.. , Hayden Carruth
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