Stanzas to Britannia, a song
Author: Anon [J. S.]
Publication: Reformers' Gazette
Publisher: Muir, Gowans, & Co.
Published: 1 September 1832
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
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:
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel Number: 3089; Pressmark: SNMU 175/98
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.