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The Secret People

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Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget;
For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.
There is many a fat farmer that drinks less cheerfully,
There is many a free French peasant who is richer and sadder than we.
There are no folk in the whole world so helpless or so wise.
There is hunger in our bellies, there is laughter in our eyes;
You laugh at us and love us, both mugs and eyes are wet:
Only you do not know us. For we have not spoken yet.

The fine French kings came over in a flutter of flags and dames.
We liked their smiles and battles, but we never could say their names.
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COMMENTS
Terry Evans 30 December 2018
But they did speak, for the first time, in 2016.
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Anthony Bryan 08 May 2010
It reminds me of a line in a 'folk song' which includes the words 'As soon as this pub closes, the revolution starts'
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Rwth Hunt 22 April 2009
I think this just sums us up perfectly. Secretly revolutionary. We obey the law in our own way, and subvert it to our use. That is why case law is so important.
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