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A Dream

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Glasgow Herald

Published: 19 September 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Hard copy: BX3
Pages(s): 4

This poem is attributed to Dublin's Warder, a Dublin newspaper.  The speaker of this poem recounts a dream he or she had, where a 'premier fiddler' appeared, like 'Grey's own ghost'.  This fiddler is described as a 'pagan ninny' who crowds swarm around, and when he gives the leading word 'Reform', the crowd yell louder than the orchestra.  However, the mob then (recognising their power) execute the fiddler, to show 'that mobs could do without' leaders.  The poem expresses one of the chief anxieties of the conservative community towards parliamentary reform - that it will give power to the 'mob', which will create a more violent society.