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Patriotic Song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Glasgow Chronicle

Published: 20 May 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792-1849)
King William IV (1765-1837)
Issac Gascoyne (1763-1841)
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.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 42a
Pages(s): 1

This poem celebrates King William IV, who was broadly supportive of parliamentary reform, and it is set to the tune of Robert Burns's 'Is There for Honest Poverty', or 'A Man's a Man for a' That'.  The poem states that the country has previously suffered but that King William's reign marks a turning point.  Although the likes of Peel and others have tried to resist refom, the speaker states that the 'storm' of reform has 'blew them up'.  The country is portrayed as shaking off its chains: like other poems from this period, it borrows from the language of Abolitionism.  A note is included with the poem: 'Greenock, 16th May, 1831', presumably where and when the poem was written.