Monday, 16 August 2010
Peterloo anniversary: rise like lions after slumber
The protest for parliamentary representation, at St Peter's Field, Manchester, prompted the great radical poet Percy Shelley to write one of the best-known political poems in the English language.
The Mask of Anarchy concludes with these stirring words of collective rebellion:
'And that slaughter to the Nation
Shall steam up like inspiration,
A volcano heard afar.
And these words shall then become
Like Oppression's thundered doom
Ringing through each heart and brain,
Heard again - again - again -
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.'
Support the campaign for a fitting memorial.