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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 - 11,338 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 - 1,712 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. Love And War , Ovid
  3. 3. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  4. 4. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  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. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  10. 10. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  11. 11. Nefarious War , Li Po
  12. 12. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  14. 14. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  15. 15. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  16. 16. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  17. 17. The Next War , Robert Graves
  18. 18. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  19. 19. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  20. 20. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  22. 22. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  23. 23. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  24. 24. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  25. 25. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  26. 26. War Song , John Davidson
  27. 27. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  28. 28. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  29. 29. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  30. 30. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  31. 31. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  32. 32. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  33. 33. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  34. 34. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  35. 35. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  36. 36. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. War Song , Thomas Moore
  38. 38. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against T.. , Hayden Carruth
  39. 39. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  40. 40. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  41. 41. War , Charles Wagner
  42. 42. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  43. 43. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  44. 44. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  45. 45. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  46. 46. A Radical War Song , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  47. 47. In Spite Of War , Angela Morgan
  48. 48. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  49. 49. Declaration Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. 50. War And Peace , Nate Snowball
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