(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

From A Railway Carriage

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

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Learnt this as a child over 60yrs ago, great to re-discover it again
I am from class 4 and I have this poem in my text book and we are doing this chapter now.Our teacher told us to learn this poem So, I got help for learn the poem THANK YOU
I first read this poem as a young child. It captured my imagination and the rhythm of the lines is just like a steam train. I fell in love with it then and I still love now aged 65.
This is a great poem I love it so much
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