The Anvil

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The Anvil  (1911) 
by Rudyard Kipling
First published in A School History of England (1911).


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!


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The author died in 1936, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.