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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Barons Bold
William Johnson Fox (1786–1864)
THE BARONS bold on Runnymede
  By union won their charter;
True men were they, prepar’d to bleed,
  But not their rights to barter:
And they swore that England’s laws        5
  Were above a tyrant’s word;
And they prov’d that freedom’s cause
  Was above a tyrant’s sword:
      Then honor we
      The memory        10
Of those Barons brave united;
      And like their band,
      Join hand to hand:
Our wrongs shall soon be righted.
The Commons brave, in Charles’s time,        15
  By union made the Crown fall,
And show’d the world how royal crime
  Should lead to royal downfall:
And they swore that rights and laws
  Were above a monarch’s word;        20
And they raised the nation’s cause
  Above the monarch’s sword:
      Then honor we
      The memory
Of those Commons brave, united;        25
      And like their band,
      Join hand to hand:
Our wrongs shall soon be righted.
The People firm, from Court and Peers,
  By union won Reform, sirs,        30
And, union safe, the nation steers
  Through sunshine and through storm, sirs:
And we swear that equal laws
  Shall prevail o’er lordlings’ words,
And can prove that freedom’s cause        35
  Is too strong for hireling swords:
      Then honor we
      The victory
Of the people brave, united;
      Let all our bands        40
      Join hearts and hands:
Our wrongs shall all be righted.


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