Reform. A National Anthem, to be sung by the Frome Political Union, On Tuesday, May 15th, 1832."Lo! we answer! see we come!/ Quick at Freedom's holy call;/ We come! we come! we come! we come!/ To do the glorious work of all;/ And hark! we raise from sea to sea,/ The sacred watchword Liberty.// God is our guide! from field from wave,/ From plough, from anvil, and from loom,/ We come, our country's rights to save,/ And speak a tyrant's faction's doom;/ And hark! we raise from sea to sea,/ The sacred watchword Liberty.// "God is our guide! no swords we draw,/ We kindle not war's battle fires' By union, justice, reason, law,/ We claim the birthright of our sires,/ We raise the watchword Liberty,/ We will, we will, we will be free!"
Letterpress, 225 x 140mm. 8¾ x 5½". Laid on album sheet.
From a the Archives of Captain William John Cole, R.N, based in Lechlade, Gloucestershire. A handbill with an anthem to be sung by the Political Union of Frome, Somerset. Frome was one of the new boroughs created by the Great Reform Act which finally received the Royal Assent in June 1832. Prior to this, Frome was one of the larger towns in England without Parliamentary representation. The Great Reform Act granted seats in the House of Commons to towns with large populations that had emerged during the Industrial Revolution, while removing seats for areas with very small populations.
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