Past, Present and Future
Author: Anon [J. M'G.]
Publication: Reformers' Gazette
Publisher: Muir, Gowans, & Co.
Published: 1 September 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
A full copy of this poem is available.
This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel Number: 3089; Pressmark: SNMU 175/98
This poem is largely written in Scots and asserts a Scottish voice, within a three-kingdom Britain. Key pro-reformers from each kingdom are mentioned: Earl Grey (from England), Lord Henry Broughman and Joseph Hume (from Scotland) and Daniel O'Connell (from Ireland). The three kingdoms' musical instruments are also referenced: harp, horn and pibroch (bagpipe). The poem focuses on the oppression of Britian, which has now been overcome (following the Reform Bill). The poem has a note included: 'Glasgow, August, 1832', presumably where and when the poem was written.