Treasure Island

From a Railway Carriage

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 21st May 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

Today’s poem, From a Railway Carriage, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a poem many readers may remember from their schooldays. The poem is written in a form and style evoking the feeling of being onboard a moving train. Robert Louis Stevenson was more famously known for his literary classics, Treasure Island, Kidnapped and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but wrote many poems. From a Railway Carriage appeared in his collection of children’s poetry titled, A Children’s Garden of Verse, published in 1885.

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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 there is the green for stringing the daisies!

Here is a cart run away in the road

Lumping along with man and load;

And here is a mill and there is a river:

Each a glimpse and gone for ever!


Robert Louis Stevenson