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A Parody. Upon the Epitaph from Grey's Elegy in a Country Church-yard

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Aberdeen Herald, and General Advertiser for the Counties of Aberdeen, Banff, & Kincardine

Published: 22 December 1832

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Classmark(s): Microfilm
Pages(s): 2

This poem is written to a 'rotten borough' politician (perhaps imaginary) who is portrayed as dead, now that the reform bill has passed.  The poem is an epitaph, which states that 'A rotten borough smiled upon his birth' but now 'His borough and himself together lie'.  We are told that all this politician wished was a pension, and he got it by giving all (bribery may be implied here) to his Ministers.  It is possible that the poem refers to a specific person: we are told that this figure was known for his long speeches.