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Out into the Sunlight

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Airdrie, Coatbridge, Bathgate and Wishaw Advertiser

Publisher: Baird

Published: 30 March 1867

Place of publication: Lanarkshire, Airdrie, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Airdrie Public Library
Pages(s): 1

This unsigned political poem appeared in the Airdrie Advertiser in March 1867. While it does not specifically reference Reform, its allusions to current political circumstances and the hope for progress through Reform are clear, for example in the stanza, 'Out, out into the sunlight from the tyrant’s dungeon wall/ Let man before his fellow man no longer fawn and crawl/ Accurs’d be hoary tyrannies, and more accursed be he/Whose traitor hand would basely forge a fetter for the free'. The quality of the newspaper on microfilm for this year is poor and the poem has not been transcribed.