A War Song To Englishmen

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!

by William Blake Click to read full poem

Comments (63)

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That is the nice poetry.
evocative and intriguing
it's nice for soldiers
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A strong motivational poem. But I hate wars.
A great war song composed by a master craftsman, giving a call to soldiers of the land to get prepared for war for protecting the honor of motherland.
Excellent piece of work.
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Such a moving masterpiece from a legend! Great expression! !
How beautifully the poet builds up the theme with the words: Prepare, prepare... William Blake is WB, really, you don't need to paint peacock's eggs.
CONGRATULATIONS to his closest descendants on being chosen by Poem Hunter and Team as The Classic Poem Of The Day, one day after my first Grandson's BirthDay, Hurray! I am happy truly. God always Blesses us perpetually. Blake was not mad, even Vincent was not mad, of course not to be considered as equals, but their closeness to their own ART is greatest. They had been never mad or insane. They are exceptionals.
Considered MAD by Contemporaries for his most idiotic views and his idiosyncratic views, BUT he is considered a GENIUS after his death. His contemporaries were very JEALOUS, I reckon, that's why.Like in our own time, look at Vincent, the Dutch painter, the eldest son of the head of The Protestant Church, constantly regarded as a clochard, a drunkard, now since decennia WORLD FAMOUS.
Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of both the Romantic movement and " Pre-Romantic"
It is a wonderful poem by Poet Blake on preparing soldiers to fight bravely and die even with courage to reach heaven being invited by great personalities of Britain!
Prepare! ! ! ! ! Prepare! ! ! ! ! ! War is at Hand! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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! .....touching expression with inspired advice. Beautiful poem.
Great indeed great great always.................................................................10++++++++++++++++++++
One of the best poems by William Blake........
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! GREAT WRITE 10+++++++++++++++++