Rudyard Kipling

The Anvil England’s on the anvil — hear the hammers ring — Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne! Never was a blacksmith like our Norman King — England’s being hammered, hammered, hammered into line. England’s on the anvil! Heavy are the blows! (But the work will be a marvel when it’s done.) Little bits … Continue reading “Rudyard Kipling”

The Anvil

England’s on the anvil — hear the hammers ring —
Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne!
Never was a blacksmith like our Norman King —
England’s being hammered, hammered, hammered into line.

England’s on the anvil! Heavy are the blows!
(But the work will be a marvel when it’s done.)
Little bits of Kingdoms cannot stand against their foes.
England’s being hammered, hammered, hammered into one!

There shall be one people — it shall serve one Lord —
(Neither Priest nor Baron shall escape!)
It shall have one speech and law, soul and strength and sword.
England’s being hammered, hammered, hammered into shape!