Database of Poems
Combination, or the Belly and the Members
1832: Representation of the People Acts
Author: Peter Brown (1784-1863)
Publication: The Ten Pounder
Publisher: Peter Brown
Published: 11 August 1832
Place of publication: Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
John Archibald Murray (1778-1859)
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
The Tight Little Island.
Archive/Library: Glasgow University Library
Classmark(s): Sp Coll Mu56-e.12
The editor, and likely author, of this poem, Peter Brown, was a ‘ten pounder’: ‘one of those who have been called into political existence, as it were, by the great measure which has lately given a new character to public affairs’. Despite this, he was against those calling for more reform. The meaning of the poem is deliberately ambiguous but it does appear to be a satire on the Whig Reformers. The poem also notes that those who fought for freedom and laws were actually fighting for 'starvation' - perhaps an indication that the author has become jaded with the Reform cause.