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Let us Hail our Patriot King

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Paisley Poets, with brief memoirs of them, and selections from their poetry Vol 2

Publisher: J. and J. Cook

Published: 1890

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Book

Featured individuals:
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792-1849)
King William IV (1765-1837)
Robert Peel (1788-1850)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
For a' that, an' a that.

Robert Brown in the second volume of Paisley Poets claims this, and the original pamphlet collection in which it featured (Songs of the Times: or, The Voice of the People), as Paisley productions, published in the context of the Reform Bill agitation in 1831-2. The poem itself, like others of the era, praises the reform credentials of William IV. It notes: 'times hae changed, since tyrants vile/ Could mak' us slaves an' a that. Like many poems of the times, recourse to Burns is obvious. The pamphlet appears in Paisley Pamphlets, 1831 (Vol. 16).