The Anvil

(Norman Conquest, 1066)

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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