MRS LOFTY AND I.
Title:Mrs. Lofty and I
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:9th August 1862
This anonymous poem contrasts the material riches of ‘Mrs. Lofty’ with the valorised simplicity and familial love treasured by the narrator. It adds a marked religious note at the end in the line ‘God will weigh it in his balance’, and the suggestion is that wealth matters little to God. Poems of this nature were common throughout the Victorian period but were particularly popular during the Cotton Famine, as once relatively prosperous Lancashire mill workers noted the sudden and precipitous increase in the difference between the economic circumstances of the social classes. – SR