A SONG FOR THE POOR.
Title:A Song for the Poor
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:4th October 1862
This poem/song by Thomas Lumb is dated September 27th 1862, a week before its publication, and it was written in Blackburn. Composed to be sung to the tune of the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’, it refers specifically to the Cotton Famine and calls on God to end the American Civil War. It begins with a call for charity, and asks God to encourage those with ‘proud wealth’ to share. With a hint of radicalism the piece notes that ‘there’s enough of wheat / In this our land’. – SR