Ernst Lissauer was a German-Jewish poet and dramatist remembered for the phrase Gott strafe England. He also created the Hassgesang gegen England, or "Song of Hate against England".
Lissauer, a friend of Stephan Zweig, was a committed nationalist and a devotee of the Prussian tradition. Zweig said of him "the more German a thing was, the greater was his enthusiasm for it." His devotion to German history, poetry, art and music was, in his own words, a monomania, and it only increased with the outbreak of World War I when he penned his hate song. Wilhelm II decorated him with the order of the Red Eagle. Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria ordered it printed on leaflets and distributed to every soldier in the army.
Despite the obvious zeal, Lissauer ended by pleasing no-one. He came to be criticised by the vigorous anti-Semitic movement of the day for expressing such "fanatical hatred", which they considered "unreasonable", "utterly un-German", and "characteristic of nothing so much as the Jewish race". Houston Stewart Chamberlain declared that the Teutonic German did not "wallow in Old Testament hate." Over in England, Arthur Conan Doyle said in his book, 'The German War', "This sort of thing is, it must be admitted, very painful and odious. It fills us with a mixture of pity and disgust, and we feel as if - instead of a man - we were really fighting with a furious, screaming woman."
We have but one, and only hate,
We love as one, we hate as one,
We have one foe and one alone.
[Ger., Wir haben nur einen einzigen Hass,
Wir lieben vereint, wir hassen vereint,
Wir haben nur einen einzigen Feind.]