Elliott, Ebenezer (17811849)

Elliott, Ebenezer, poet, known popularly as the “Corn-Law Rhymer,” born in Rotherham parish, Yorkshire; an active worker in iron; devoted his leisure to poetic composition; proved a man that could handle both pen and hammer like a man; wrote the “Corn-Law Rhymes” and other pieces; his works have been “likened to some little fraction of a rainbow, hues of joy and harmony, painted out of troublous tears; no full round bow shone on by the full sun, and yet, in very truth, a little prismatic blush, glowing genuine among the wet clouds, ... proceeds from a sun cloud-hidden, yet indicates that a sun does shine...; a voice from the deep Cyclopean forges where Labour, in real soot and sweat, beats with his thousand hammers, doing personal battle with Necessity and her brute dark powers to make them reasonable and serviceable” (17811849).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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