A Railroad Eclogue Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Father What brought thee back ladA
Son Father the same feetB
As took me brought me back I warrant yeC
Father Couldst thou not find the railD
Son The deuce himselfE
Who can find most things could not find the railD
Father Plain as a pike staff miles and miles it liesF
Son So they all told me Pike staffs in your dayG
Must have been hugely plainer than just nowH
Father What didst thou ask forI
Son Ask for TewkesburyI
Thro Defford opposite to Breedon hillJ
Father Right and they set ye wrongK
Son Me wrong not theyG
The best among 'em should not set me wrongK
Nor right nor anything I'd tell 'em thatL
Father Herefordshire's short horns and shorter witsM
Are known in every quarter of the landN
Those blunt these blunter Well no help for itO
Each might do harm if each had more of eachP
Yet even in Herefordshire there are someQ
Not downright dolts before the cider's broachtO
When all are much alike yet most could tellR
A railroad from a parish or a pikeS
How thou couldst miss that railroad puzzles meC
Seeing there lies none other round aboutO
Son I found the rails along the whole brook sideO
Left of that old stone bridge across yon AvonT
Father That is the placeU
Son There was a house hard byV
And past it ran a furnace upon wheelsW
Like a mad bull tail up in air and hornsX
So low ye might not see 'em On it bumptO
Roaring as strait as any arrow flitsX
As strait as fast too ay and faster went itO
Arid could it keep its wind up and not crackY
Then woe betide the eggs at TewkesburyI
This market day and lambs and sheep a scoreI
Of pigs might be made flitches in a triceX
Before they well could knuckleZ
Father FatherI
If they were ourn thou wouldst not chuckle soX
And shake thy sides and wipe thy eyes and rubA2
Thy breeches knees like Sunday shoes at that rateO
Father 'Twas the train lad 'twas the trainB2
Son May be I had no business with a trainB2
'Go thee by rail ' you told me 'by the railD
At Defford' and didst make a fool of meC
Father Ay lad I did indeed it was methinksX
Some twenty years agone last MartinmasX

Walter Savage Landor


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