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[Hark! 'Tis the day of summons]

1832: Representation of the People Acts

This poem appears as part of a short play, which represents a dinner party attended by Grey and Brougham, among others.  The play implies that the Whigs have alterior motives behind pursuing the reform bill, a typical argument in the conservative press.  Indeed, just before this poem, Grey expresses his feeling that Reform might lead to the overthrow of the Church, jeopardy of the monarchy and the rise of the rabble - the conservative arguments against reform.  This final song is a chorus, sung by all of the politicians present.  They assert that they must do all to keep their jobs, even if it leads to the fall of the church, the army and the navy; some of the more obscure names include: Grant, Omnes and Lansdown.