The Felons of Our Land

Arthur Forrester

[The number of Irish "rebel" songs is enormous, and they
range from the god-awfull to the wonderful.
The "Felons of our Land" belongs, I think, to the second category.

John Clare, The Poor People's Poet

Cathy Nugent

John Clare was born 1793 in Helpstone, a small village once part of Northamptonshire, now Cambridgeshire. Known as the Peasant Poet he was also, marginally, one of the group of artists who became known as the Romantics. Clare was the son of a labourer, and also worked as a labourer, even as he attempted to make his living as a poet.

The Workers' Song

Ed Pickford

Come all of you workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead