Tuesday, January 24, 2006
For the Men Who Go Down In the Mines...
Follow this link to read the work of Tommy Armstrong, the late nineteenth-century "Pitman Poet" who memorialized the victims of British mine disasters. A sample:
God protect the lonely widow,
Help to raise each drooping head;
Be a father to the orphans,
Never let them cry for bread.
Death will pay us all a visit,
They have only gone before;
We may meet the Trimdon victims
Where explosions are no more.
[hat tip, Iain Murray]