Demonstration of Public Feeling, and Grand Procession
Published: 30 April 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem appears in the volume that followed the prorogation of Parliament on the 22nd of April 1831, after the 'wrecking amendment' to the Reform Bill. The poem prefigures an article, on the first page, which expresses dismay at those who scuppered reform, but faith that the King is behind the cause and that the new parliament will deliver reform. The article states that the public voice behind reform needs to be stronger and plans are proposed for a grand procession, across Glasgow, with very detailed plans for the line of the procession. The poem fittingly asks freedom not to reside in the sky but to return to 'renovated Earth'. Like many poems of this period, this one stresses that the Reform cause is also a religious cause: 'The Voice of God is in the People's Voice!'