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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 - 17 Points 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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