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!