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The Ballad of the White Horse

I have a vision, and I know
The heathen shall return.
They shall not come with warships,
They shall not waste with brands,
But books be all their eating,
And ink be on their hands.

G. K. Chesterton (18741936)

"The Ballad of the White Horse" (1911) is an account in verse of the career of Alfred the Great,
King of Wessex, and often considered to have been the first "King of England."