Winged Death

October 12, 2008 at 9:51 am (dystopia) ()

Death shall come on swift wings

Death shall come on swift wings

The inscription at the door of King Tutankhamen’s tomb read, “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King”.

Here winged death appears in Wingham Church. Wingham being the birthplace of baker and poet Herbert Kingsford (1862-1911) whose dystopian poem ‘England January 1980’ envisages a future with strikes, very little food grown in England and foreign workmen taking over from English.

‘Some English wheat and apples sweet, he thought, there’d surely be, But he found these simple articles came also o’er the sea.’

His work has been described as predating George Orwell’s “1984”, but appears more Daily Mail than Daily Worker.

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