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The Triumph of Reform

1832: Representation of the People Acts

The speaker of this poem asks Reformers to come together and rejoice as 'the victory is won', after a long and steadfast cause.  While the Tories may 'rage', it proposes health to many of the key politicians who were fighting for reform.  It also commends King William on his support for the reform cause.  The speaker states that the King now reigns over 'a nation of freemen'.  Unity is the key theme of this poem: reformers are referred to as 'brother Reformers', and it is believed that the 'spirit of Union' has made reform a reality.  Although no date is assigned to this poem or chapbook, it is most likely from 1832.