Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Rudyard Kipling!

Rudyard Kipling wrote What Say the Reeds at Runnymede? in 1911.  For more on the life of Rudyard Kipling, his ancestors and descendants, see Rudyard Kipling at WikiTree.

    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 mustn’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’
    That 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 the crowds and priests and suchlike things,
    Rolls deep and dreadful as he brings
    Their warning down from Runnymede!

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin

Born 309 years ago today, Benjamin Franklin is famous for his inventions and achievements, and also for his witty sayings.  One of his aphorisms which is still popular today is:

"Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

For more about Ben, visit his profile on WikiTree.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year!

WikiTree added a new badge for the New Year: Generous Genealogist. Three different people awarded me the badge! Wow. I'm surprised, humbled, grateful and happy.

The Magna Carta project has a new co-Leader, Peter Eyestone, who is focusing, organizing and extending the project, and recruiting new members.

With renewed energy we are working towards completing our goals by the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June 2015. Come see what's new and join us in creating access to Magna Carta Ancestors for millions of people.