Database of Poems

Back to results

What is Noble

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Airdrie, Coatbridge, Bathgate and Wishaw Advertiser

Publisher: Baird

Published: 21 September 1867

Place of publication: Lanarkshire, Airdrie, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Airdrie Public Library
Pages(s): 1

This unsigned poem is another Airdrie Advertiser poem (see also 'Out into the Sunlight') which is concerned with Reform in 1866-7 without explicitly referencing it. Its political bent is clear from the lines 'What is noble? That which places/ Truth in the enfranchised will', and from the conclusion that the truly 'noble' man will support 'Freedom and the cause of men'. The poem celebrates the nobility of industrial labour and urges self-improvement.