Chants Before Battle

Chants Before Battle
By Aleister Crowley

(The English Review, August, 1914)

(Variæ lectiones)

(Only one poet has struck the True Note of British Patriotism, the author of—

“We don't want to fight, but, by Jingo, if we do,
We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money, too.”

If, however, all our poets had had this perfect thought, in all its detail, English literature might have been enriched somewhat as follows.)

By G——y C——

The voys of peple touchede the hevene
So loude cryden they with mery stevene
“God save swich a lord, that is so so good
He wilneth no destruccioun of blood!”
Certes, we wolde not in listes fighte,
But an we wolde, shippes mortal dight
We have, and eek the villeins valiaunt
With sheeldes bright and swerdes for to daunt.
By good Saint Jingo of our nacioun!


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