Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Windy Nights - Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.


Comments about Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • (5/2/2018 3:29:00 PM)


    I'm awoken, yet still unbroken. Running, Singing, Laughing, these are all the thing that are happening. THE END { LOVE THIS POEM}, or is this just beginning? (Report) Reply

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  • (5/2/2018 3:22:00 PM)


    which words are stressed? (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2018 5:21:00 PM)


    I'm a 2nd grader and got a 100 on the poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2012 6:42:00 PM)


    I'm the very same - loved this as a kid. And use to imagine the horse galloping through the night.
    To this day I can recite this poem; almost a decade after first reading it.
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  • (8/12/2009 1:56:00 PM)


    What does the word HIGHWAY mean in this poem? (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2007 10:30:00 PM)


    I adored this as a child. I loved horses and could imagine the sound of hooves on a street. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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