Poem of the week: Ballad by Anne Askew

One of the earliest women to publish verse in English, Askew faced harrowing persecution and her suffering sings fiercely in this defiant story of faith

The Ballad which Anne Askew Made and Sang When She Was in Newgate

Like as the armed knight
Appointed to the field,
With this world will I fight
And Faith shall be my shield.

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