The Tories' Lament
Author: Anon [A. S.]
Publication: Caledonian Mercury
Published: 11 June 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Reel no. NP30397
A satirical lament, where the Tories express their loss of power on account of the Reform Bill. The poem is preceded by a quote from William Shakespeare's Henry VIII: "Farewell - a long farewell, to all my greatness!". The speaker expresses regret that 'knowledge has now grown so common' and that the Press tells people 'what it should not tell'. The poem also later appeared in The Reformers' Gazette on 16-06-1832, where a note is included: 'Edinburgh, June, 1832' - most likely a reference to its appearance in the Caledonian Mercury.