Monday, September 6, 2010

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

King John of England, to the Articles of the Barons he agreed in 1215
John not very nice to his subjects, to Canterbury and St. Augustine
Clause 61 unfortunately neutered the distraught Monarch’s royal power
Papal pity and battle led to his demise and eventual dying hour

Civil war brought France’s King Louis V111 and happily a young Henry to throne
Renamed Magna Carta, justice modified and then recast in stone
The final statute “Confirmatio Cartarum” added by Edward 1 in 1297
It was a true blessing, like falling manna from heaven

Born was the right of Habeus Corpus
A feat no greater than the Greeks summoning the gods to Mount Olympus
Men no longer the victim of unlawful detention
The Crown and jury required just cause for apprehension

For more than 300 years its legality thwarted
Oliver Cromwell his disdain labelled it the Magna Farta
Archbishop Laud put Church and state to the test
For the outcome thankfully he was blessed

Not so for African slave and colonized victim
In their cause the Magna Carta had an exception to the dictum
Centuries later child labour became very enticing
Industrialized Revolution made their services free from pricing

Here we are in 2010, the Queen inaugurates the Magna Carta in Manitoba
Let us not forget the silence of Habeus Corpus for the Huron and Dakota
Likewise Prime Minister Harper proclaiming Canada a human rights haven for all
McGuinty and Blair’s actions of unlawful detention, no mention, protected by the Masonic Hall.

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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