|The Reeds of Runnymede|
|Lyrics by:||Rudyard Kipling|
|Story Source:||English History|
|Music by:||Leslie Fish|
|Recorded on:||Serious Steel|
The Reeds of Runnymede is a poem by Rudyard Kipling put to music by Leslie Fish. It is about the Magna Carta, which King John of England attached his seal in the meadow of Runnymede in 1215.
The poem was first published in A School History of England (1911).
The song appears on Leslie Fish and Joe Bethancourt's album Serious Steel (1995).
At Runnymede, at Runnymede, What say the reeds at Runnymede? The lissom reeds that give and take, That bend so far, but never break, They keep the sleepy Thames awake With tales of John at Runnymede. At Runnymede, at Runnymede, Oh, hear the reeds at Runnymede: 'You musn't sell, delay, deny, A freeman's right or liberty. It wakes the stubborn Englishry, We saw 'em roused at Runnymede! When through our ranks the Barons came, With little thought of praise or blame, But resolute to play the game, They lumbered up to Runnymede; And there they launched in solid line The first attack on Right Divine, The curt uncompromising "Sign!' They settled John at Runnymede. At Runnymede, at Runnymede, Your rights were won at Runnymede! No freeman shall be fined or bound, Or dispossessed of freehold ground, Except by lawful judgment found And passed upon him by his peers. Forget not, after all these years, The Charter signed at Runnymede.' And still when mob or Monarch lays Too rude a hand on English ways, The whisper wakes, the shudder plays, Across the reeds at Runnymede. And Thames, that knows the moods of kings, And crowds and priests and suchlike things, Rolls deep and dreadful as he brings Their warning down from Runnymede!