THE HAPPY WIFE’S EVENING SONG.
TUNE. – “The Meeting of the Waters.”
Title:The Happy Wife's Evening Song
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:31st October 1863
This anonymous poem from the pages of the British Workman magazine celebrates the lives of the honest poor through its representation of traditionally gendered divisions of labour. The speaker is the wife who states that it is ‘frugality’ which keeps ‘the dun from the gate’. The archaic term ‘dun’ refers to a debt collector, and the fact that the wife must be continually thrifty suggests that the family live beneath the poverty line. – SR