BY ROBERT BUCHANAN.
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:July 22nd 1865
This skilful and poignant poem by Robert Buchanan is in the voice of a young woman about to die, presumable from the aftermath of childbirth. She sees her husband coming home and hopes that he will find someone else to look after himself and the baby who will survive her. There are references to poverty and possibly alcohol abuse in the poem, and published at the end of the economic privations of the Cotton Famine this kind of scene would have been familiar to many. At the very least this serves as an affecting portrait of the life and death of the poor. – SR