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Stanzas to Britannia, a song

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon [J. S.]

Publication: Reformers' Gazette

Publisher: Muir, Gowans, & Co.

Published: 1 September 1832

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845)

No full copy of this poem is available.

This poem has a set tune, and its title is:
Roderick Dhu.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel Number: 3089; Pressmark: SNMU 175/98
Pages(s): 150

This song compares Britain, 'Green isle of Liberty', to other countries, particularly France and Poland which are 'trod under and gory'. Earl Grey, the pro-reform Prime Minister, is portrayed as the figure who 'has enthron'd thee the light of the world!'.  The song includes a note: 'Flemington', presumably where it was written, and it proposes a variation for two of the song's lines.