THE BETTER LAND.
Title:The Better Land
Publication:The Blackburn Times
Date:June 13, 1863
This poem poses a series of questions about a mythical ‘better land’ where the worries of poverty, grief and weariness might not hold sway. Its resolution reveals this to be the afterlife. These kinds of call for patience were published throughout the Victorian period but became more common in the region during the Cotton Famine, as the economic situation appeared more and more intractable. – SR