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Lord Derby's Lilt

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: People's Journal

Publisher: John Leng

Published: 7 July 1866

Place of publication: Dundee, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799-1869)

A full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Tullochgorum.

Archive/Library: Dundee Central Library
Pages(s): 2

Although the tune is not stated, these verses (subtitle 'To Be Sung on the Advent of the New Ministry') clearly follow 'Tullochgorum' in words and form: they open 'Let Whig and Tory a' agree/ To dance this nicht alang wi' me - / We'll form a right strong Ministrie,/ And whistle Reformorum.' The poem, published in the Liberal People's Journal, is a satirical take on the efforts to form a new Tory ministry in the summer of 1866 after the collapse of the government. The editorial in the same issue is contemptuous about Derby's chances of achieving stability in the face of agitation over Reform.