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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 - 8,333 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. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  3. 3. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  4. 4. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  5. 5. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  6. 6. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  7. 7. Love And War , Ovid
  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. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  12. 12. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  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. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  19. 19. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  20. 20. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  21. 21. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  22. 22. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  23. 23. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  24. 24. The Next War , Robert Graves
  25. 25. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  26. 26. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  27. 27. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  28. 28. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  29. 29. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  30. 30. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  31. 31. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  32. 32. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  33. 33. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  34. 34. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  35. 35. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  36. 36. War Song , John Davidson
  37. 37. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  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. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  42. 42. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  43. 43. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  44. 44. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against T.. , Hayden Carruth
  46. 46. The War After The War , John Le Gay Brereton
  47. 47. War And Peace , Franklin Pierce Adams
  48. 48. War , Charles Wagner
  49. 49. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  50. 50. A Radical War Song , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
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