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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
38. 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         5
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;  10
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:  15
Each a glimpse and gone for ever! 

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