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A Rhyme for the Time

1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: J. E. Watt

Publication: People's Journal (Aberdeen)

Published: 84 September 1884

Place of publication: Aberdeen, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Aberdeen Central Library
Pages(s): 3

In five 8-line stanzas, the poem plays on the call, 'Up wi' the People, an' doon wi' the Peers', contrasting that with an older attitude of deference in 'dark days of yore'. The first stanza dwells on a past of exploitation; the second on their organisation into a legislative house which has passed laws in their interest. The third stanza derides them for the claims they make based on their bloodlines. The fourth attacks them for not caring for the poor and blocking reform, though the fifth and final stanza looks forward to their removal.