James Thomson

(11 September 1700 – 27 August 1748 / Ednam in Roxburghshire, Scotland)

In The Train - Poem by James Thomson

AS we rush, as we rush in the Train,
   The trees and the houses go wheeling back,
But the starry heavens above the plain
   Come flying on our track.

All the beautiful stars of the sky,
   The silver doves of the forest of Night,
Over the dull earth swarm and fly,
   Companions of our flight.

We will rush ever on without fear;
   Let the goal be far, the flight be fleet!
For we carry the Heavens with us, dear,
   While the Earth slips from our feet!


Comments about In The Train by James Thomson

  • Susan Williams (7/15/2016 9:43:00 PM)


    Such a beautiful poem full of the enthusiasm for and the wonder at a train ride! ! ! I wished he could have lived unto the age of flight- -I can only imagine what a majestic poem he would have written about that! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (7/15/2016 1:15:00 PM)


    Whatever be the the kind of train described in the poem, the focus remains on the thrill of its speed and beauty of a changing landscape during its journey. Enjoyed reading it. I quote: -
    Let the goal be far, the flight be fleet!
    While the Earth slips from our feet!
    (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (7/15/2016 9:37:00 AM)


    Whatever we experience on earth it is ephemeral. We indeed carry the Heaves with us. good write (Report) Reply

  • Lotlot Diaz (7/15/2016 8:28:00 AM)


    the way he write,
    thats the way of writing i have been fantasized for
    all this past years... the rythem is so fantastic. so nice.
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  • (7/15/2016 3:29:00 AM)


    It is a pretty idea in the poem makes it beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/15/2016 3:16:00 AM)


    Motion! ! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (7/15/2016 12:21:00 AM)


    Very beautiful poem..10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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