Address to the Citizens of Glasgow
Publication: Scots Times
Published: 5 April 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
King William IV (1765-1837)
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 39
This is a poem that was intended to be spoken at a theatrical benefit for the Royal Infirmary, but we are told that a 'Mr Alexander' declared that there should be 'No politics', so it was not performed. That said, to 'laugh at the rogue', the paper publishes the address in full. The poem starts off as a pitch to those at the event to help the poor. It then goes on to state that Glasgow has many noble 'trophies', one of which is its theatres, its 'temples of mirth'. Noting the anthem to the 'Patriot King' sung in theatres, the poem goes on to mention King William IV's desire 'to renovate our glorious Constitution', to guard 'the common weal'. There are also references to the 'Great Franchise' and a 'Charter', which are 'for the country's good', while Britain is portrayed as an 'oak' with several 'rotten branches' - clearly alluding to the rotten boroughs. The poem also issues a threat to those Scots who attempt to 'tamper with a freeman's vote'.