Fellow men! why should the lords try to despise
And prohibit women from having the benefit of the parliamentary Franchise?
When they pay the same taxes as you and me,
I consider they ought to have the same liberty.
And I consider if they are not allowed the same liberty,
From taxation every one of them should be set free;
And if they are not, it is really very unfair,
And an act of injustice I most solemnly declare.
Women, farmers, have no protection as the law now stands;
And many of them have lost their property and lands,
And have been turned out of their beautiful farms
By the unjust laws of the land and the sheriffs’ alarms.
And in my opinion, such treatment is very cruel;
And fair play, ’tis said, is a precious jewel;
But such treatment causes women to fret and to dote,
Because they are deprived of the parliamentary Franchise vote.
In my opinion, what a man pays for he certainly should get;
And if he does not, he will certainly fret;
And why wouldn’t women do the very same?
Therefore, to demand the parliamentary Franchise they are not to blame.
Therefore let them gather, and demand the parliamentary Franchise;
And I’m sure no reasonable man will their actions despise,
For trying to obtain the privileges most unjustly withheld from them;
Which Mr. Gladstone will certainly encourage and never condemn.
And as for the working women, many are driven to the point of starvation,
All through the tendency of the legislation;
Besides, upon members of parliament they have no claim
As a deputation, which is a very great shame.
Yes, the Home Secretary of the present day,
Against working women’s deputations, has always said- nay;
Because they haven’t got the parliamentary Franchise-,
That is the reason why he does them despise.
And that, in my opinion, is really very unjust;
But the time is not far distant, I most earnestly trust,
When women will have a parliamentary vote,
And many of them, I hope, will wear a better petticoat.
And I hope that God will aid them in this enterprise,
And enable them to obtain the parliamentary Franchise;
And rally together, and make a bold stand,
And demand the parliamentary Franchise throughout Scotland.
And do not rest day nor night-
Because your demands are only right
In the eyes of reasonable men, and God’s eyesight;
And Heaven, I’m sure, will defend the right.
Therefore go on brave women! and never fear,
Although your case may seem dark and drear,
And put your trust in God, for He is strong;
And ye will gain the parliamentary Franchise before very long.
© William McGonagall 🔒
Some other random works of this poet:
- The Demon Drink
- The Beautiful Sun
- Loch Leven
- A Soldier’s Reprieve
- Beautiful Comrie
- Beautiful Crief
- The Battle Of The Nile
- The Miraculous Escape Of Robert Allan, The Fireman
- The Funeral Of The Late Prince Henry Of Battenberg
- The Burning Of The People’s Variety Theatre, Aberdeen
- Beautiful Newport On The Braes O’ The Silvery Tay
- The Wreck Of The Abercrombie Robinson
- Loch Katrine
- Descriptive Jottings Of London
- Balmoral Castle
- A Descriptive Poem On The Silvery Tay
- The Battle Of Corunna
- The Battle Of Waterloo
- Young Munro The Sailor
- The Battle Of Omdurman
- Hanchen, The Maid Of The Mill
- The Execution Of James Graham, Marquis Of Montrose
- The Burial Of The Reverend Gilfillan
- Bonnie Kilmany
- Beautiful Aberfoyle
- The Little Match Girl
- An Excursion Steamer Sunk In The Tay
- The Battle Of Alma
- The First Grenadier Of France
- General Roberts In Afghanistan
- Lines In Praise Of Tommy Atkins
- Jenny Carrister, The Heroine Of Lucknow-Mine
- Beautiful Balmerino
- The Rattling Boy From Dublin
- The Wreck Of The Columbine
- Lord Robert’s Triumphal Entry Into Pretoria
- The Sorrows Of The Blind
- A New Year’s Resolution To Leave Dundee
- The Battle Of Glencoe
- Farewell Address At The Argyle Hall
- The Burial Of Mr. Gladstone
- The Sunderland Calamity
- The Burning Of The Ship Kent
- The Great Yellow River Inundation In China
- The Heatherblend Club Banquet
- Broughty Ferry
- The Crucifixion Of Christ
- A Tribute To Henry M. Stanley
- Captain Teach Alias Black Beard