2017-06-24

Of This Parish

I caught the stream of the headline act at Glastonbury, one Jeremy Corbyn MP, who quoted from local lad Percy Bysshe Shelleys The Masque of Anarchy written after the Peterloo Massacre of August 1819 where cavalry charged a crowd of 60,000 plus who had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

He was born near here and has been a long lasting inspiration to the area’s youth - he hated the place, left as soon as he could, and never came back.

Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many—they are few!

The 1832 Edition can be found at the Internet Archive.


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