Milesian Melody. No. XII. They May Rail at the Bill, by Daniel O'Connell
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Publication: Glasgow Courier
Published: 19 May 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
They may rail at his life.
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX 32A
This poem is an example of how the conservative press warned against some of the consequences of the Reform Bill. Here, a villainised Daniel O'Connell is the speaker of the poem, and he expresses his support for the Bill, for he believes it will help Ireland repeal the Union. He is portrayed as hoping to have England 'undone' and to 'pull down the Church'. He is also styled as 'Daniel, Dictator of Ireland', who no Saxon 'shall dare to appear' before. This poem stokes fears by turning O'Connell into a simplified villain, and encourages the reader to reject what the villain supports.