THE LORDS OF LAND AND MONEY.
BY GERALD MASSEY.
Title:The Lords of Land and Money
Publication:The Blackburn Times
Date:September 10, 1864
This radical song by the former Chartist Gerald Massey is framed in mythical terms and, common to many Chartist lyrics, relies more on medieval than industrial imagery. The opposing forces here are ‘Lords of Land’ and ‘Sons of Old England’, and there is a simple binary presented between two classes of rich and poor. This poem is an example of the editorial distinction of the Blackburn Times during this period, which published a much greater proportion of angry, radical pieces than equivalent newspapers. – SR