Original Parody. Sung by a Noble Duke at his late fete given at A-S-LY House
Published: 6 June 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
A note is included after the title of this poem: Agitato Pomposo, poking fun at the agitated, pompous nature of the subject (the Duke of Wellington). The house referred to in the title is Apsley House, the London residence of the Duke of Wellington. The poem is written following the 'Days of May', when Wellington had the opportunity to form a government - leading to widspread public protest, and the eventual restoration of the Earl Grey (pro-reform) premiership. The parodic poem, sung by Wellington, mourns his loss of power: we are told that his heart is breaking 'for the place of Earl Grey', and that his days of fame are past.