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George Orwell

Awake young men of England

Oh! give me the strength of the Lion
The wisdom of Reynard the Fox
And then I'll hurl troops at the Germans
And give them the hardest of knocks.

Oh! think of the War lord's mailed fist,
That is striking at England today:
And think of the lives that our soldiers
Are fearlessly throwing away.

Awake! Oh you young men of England,
For if when your country's in need,
You do not enlist by the thousand,
You truly are cowards indeed.



George Orwell: ‘Awake young men of England’
First published: Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard. — GB, London. — Friday, October 2, 1914.

— ‘Bernard Crick: George Orwell: A Life’. — 1992.

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George Orwell: A Life
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