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Document Title: The English Revolution of 1848
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy

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Note: Bookplate with standing female angel blowing trumpet and seated female angel. Between the two figures is a flowing banner on which is inscribed the owner's name. Below the figures and the ower's name is an inscribed poem.



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The English Revolution of 1848.

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“Some unprincipled persons endeavour to impose upon the

public by such phrases as “It's all one,” “It's the same concern,” &c”

Moses & Son.

  • Ho ye that nothing have to lose! ho rouse ye, one & all!
  • Come from the sinks of the New Cut,— the purlieus of Vauxhall!
  • Did ye not hear the mighty sound boom by ye as it went?
  • The Seven Dials strike the hour of man's enfranchisement.
  • Ho! cock your eyes, my gallant pals, and swing your heavy staves:
  • Remember—Kings and Queens being out, the great cards will be knaves.
  • And when the pack is ours,—oh then, at what a slapping pace
  • Shall the tens be trodden down to five, and the fives kicked down to ace!
  • It was but yesterday the Times and Post and Telegraph
  • 10Told how from France King Louy—Phil was shaken out like chaff:
  • To-morrow, boys, the National, the Siècle, and the Débats,
  • Shall have to tell the self-same tale of “La Reine Victoria.”
  • What! shall our Incomes we've not got be taxed by puny John?
  • Shall the policeman keep Time back by bidding us move on?
  • Shall we too follow in the steps of that poor sneak Cochrane?
  • Shall it be said, “They came, they saw,—and bolted back again”?
  • Not so! Albeit great men have been among us, and are floor'd,—
  • (Frost, Williams, Jones, and other ones who now reside abroad)—
  • Among the master-spirits of the age there still are those
  • 20Who'll pick up fame—even though, when smelt, it makes men hold the (nose.
  • What ho there! clear the way! make room for him, the “fly” and wise,
  • Who wrote in mystic grammar about London's “Mysteries,”—
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  • For him who takes a proud delight to wallow in our kennels,—
  • For Mr. A. B. C. D. E. F. G. M. W. Reynolds!
  • Come hoist him up! his pockets will afford convenient hold
  • To grab him by: and, if inside there silver is or gold,
  • And it should be found sticking to our hands when they're drawn out,—
  • Why, 'twere a chance not fair to say ill-natured things about.
  • Silence! Hear hear! He says that we're the sovereign people, we!
  • 30And now? And now he states the fact that one and one make three!
  • Now he makes casual mention of a certain Miscellany!
  • He says that he's the Editor! He says it costs a penny!
  • O thou great Spirit of the World! shall not the lofty things
  • He saith be borne unto all Time for noble lessonings?
  • Shall not our sons tell to their sons what we could do and dare
  • In this the great year Forty-eight, and in Trafalgar-Square?
  • Swathed in foul wood, yon column stood 'mid London's thousand marts;
  • And at their wine, Committee-men grinned as they drank “The Arts.”
  • But our good flint-stones have bowled down each poster-hidden board,
  • 40And from their hoarded malice our strong hands have stript the hoard.
  • Yon column is a prouder thing than Cæsar's triumph-arch!
  • It shall be called “The Column of the Glorious Days of March!”
  • And stone-masons' apprentices shall grow rich men therewith,—
  • By contract chiselling the names of Jones, and Brown, and Smith.
  • Upon what point of London, say, shall our next vengeance burst?
  • Shall the Exchange or Parliament be immolated first?
  • Which of the Squares shall we burn down?—which of the Palaces?
  • ( The speaker is nailed by a policeman.)
  • Oh please Sir don't! It isn't me. It's him. Oh don't Sir please!

By G.C.D.R.    March 1848
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