For A Column At Runnymede

Thou, who the verdant plain dost traverse here
While Thames among his willows from thy view
Retires; O stranger, stay thee, and the scene
Around contemplate well. This is the place

by Mark Akenside Click to read full poem

Comments about For A Column At Runnymede

M Asim Nehal 08 Mar 2019 11:40
A wonderful poem, I quote my fav lines: Till thou hast blest their memory, and paid Those thanks which God appointed the reward Of public virtue.
Khairul Ahsan 08 Mar 2019 08:51
'Go, call thy sons: instruct them what a debt They owe their ancestors; and make them swear To pay it, by transmitting down entire Those sacred rights to which themselves were born.' - I subscribe to this clarion call. Thanks to poet Susan Williams for the explanation she has provided in her comment for our easy understanding.
Baquee Billah Ahmed 08 Mar 2019 07:50
Good poem..................Nice
Edward Kofi Louis 08 Mar 2019 02:26
'O stranger'! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Dr Tony Brahmin 08 Mar 2019 12:19
very good poem O stranger, stay thee, and the scene Around contemplate well.. thank u. tony
Alexander Julian 08 Mar 2019 04:07
I guess it takes steps for us to be led to freedom.
Bernard F. Asuncion 08 Mar 2019 12:39
A noble poem by Mark Akenside.........
Susan Williams 31 Oct 2015 03:10
A very nationalistic poem starting with its setting. Runnyemede is the site of the signing of the Magna Carta. This document reined in the King's power and began giving legal rights to the nobles who had fought for the king and funded him. The poem left no doubt that Akenside was into the concepts of liberty and the rights of the people. Akenside bolsters the nationalistic theme of this poem by saying that God chooses to reward those serve their country. In the final lines of the poem, Akenside says that present day Englishmen should continue the fight of their ancestors and honor the rights their ancestors earned by using them.