And the Stones Stand Silent
And the stones stand silent, their secrets they will not tell
Their silent screams echo from every hill and dell
Legend tells that it was here, in this place
On one of the darkest days of the human race
Rough men came and raped the soil
In a bloody rage, the land they did spoil
An act of violation and desecration
Beyond belief or comprehension
Farm and homestead set a light
Flame and fire burned day and night
Every crop in the fields and every beast
The Dogs of War had been released
Killing tree and every living thing
None escaped, be they pauper or king
No mercy shown nor ounce of pity
For the people of this accursed country
And innocent blood they did spill
In a frenzy of hatred, they did kill
Like beasts lead to the slaughter
Every man, woman, son and daughter
Hunger and Death stalked the land
A Reign of Terror at the Bastard’s hand
As if the very Demons of Hell had come forth
And so it became known, as the Harrowing of the North
Far in the distance a curlew cries
A wailing lament, the soft breeze sighs
And the stones still weep
For the secrets they keep.
- Denis Murphy 29 January 2020
*After the battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy became King of England. But the resistance did not stop with the death of the Anglo Saxon Harold.
In the north a coalition of Danes and Saxons continued to resist.
In 1069 William ordered a wholesale slaughter of every man, woman and child together with their possessions and animals. A strategy designed to strike terror and cause famine. It came to be known as the “Harrowing of the North.”.