The Birth of a City


800 years ago about King John Arose
and without a shout
proclaimed to all and sundry there, take
heed you men and maidens fair.
I have within my kingdom wide, a town, a tribe,
by a riverside
a town that dwells within my rule, known by
the name of Liverpool
I have heard, and my Knights will say. They
trade with countries far away.
My sage has told me, in time to be, they will win
honours and glory for this country.
Silver chalice and medals of gold will come to
this tribe for venturing bold.
They will laugh and smile sing and dance
surrounded by dwellings of elegance
because of these things and because I'm no
fool,
I make my mark and establish the 'The City of Liverpool.'


By John McQuirk