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Scopula Mirabilis

1832: Representation of the People Acts

The poem is written in Scots and its subject is the 'besom' who stands up to those Lords opposed to the franchise, several of whom are referenced.  It is not entirely clear who or what the 'besom' is: we are told that it 'soops' (sweeps) but it may also refer to 'liberty', often personified as female too. King William is praised: he is a 'patriot still' and the 'besom' is his ally.  The poem later appeared in the Loyal Reformers' Gazette on 19/11/1831.