Lamentation for Italy
Publication: Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser
Published: 9 November 1867
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
Napoleon III (1808-1873)
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library
Written 'By a Paisleyonian, now living in the Country'. Refers to Napoleon III as a 'perjured Traitor - sunk in infamy'. Encourages sympathy for the cause of the Italian volunteers: 'Ye Bards of sympathy, awake!'. This poem was published less than a week after the Battle of Mentana when Garibaldi's volunteers clashed with French-Papal troops. Published when discussion of reform in Britain was at its height, this poem shows the wider European context in which many political poets situated their work.