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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

  • Silver Star - 3,099 Points Inguruwattadewage Pushpadewa Chaminda (11/13/2018 12:20:00 PM)

    dear poet e i like this poem i also faced to war war is lovely (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Emily (11/10/2018 8:53:00 AM)

    I love this poem especially Flanders fields (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 424 Points Julius Saidu (9/1/2018 8:09:00 PM)

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