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Rhymes of a Reformer: The Reformer's Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

The speaker addresses a crowd of men, perhaps in a pub, drinking to 'the great Reform!'.  The speaker takes a moderate line, saying he doesn't care who is named a Lord and doesn't want to 'demolish the State', but simply wants a 'true Reform'.  This stance was in contrast to many Radicals who were outspokenly opposed to the House of Lords, which was mainly populated with individuals who wanted to scupper the passing of the Reform Bill.  The speaker calls for a more representative parliament - filled with those 'who may tell our tale' - and it specifically commends the pro-Reform Whigs and several Whig politicians. The poem is attributed to The Globe, a London newspaper, and it appeared in the Caledonian Mercury the following day.