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THE STEAM-ENGINE: CANTO 10. THE DEATH OF HUSKISSON, by            
First Line: The trains are stopp'd, the mighty chiefs of flame
Last Line: But damped the joy that erst had crown'd the day.
Subject(s): Accidents; Huskisson, William (1770-1830); Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE trains are stopp'd, the MIGHTY CHIEFS OF FLAME
To quench their thirst the crystal water claim;
While from their post the great in crowds alight,
When, by a line-train, in its hasty flight,
Through striving to avoid it, Huskisson
By unforeseen mischance was over-run.
That stroke, alas! was death in shortest time;
Thus fell the great financier in his prime!
This fatal chance not only caused delay,
But damped the joy that erst had crown'd the day.





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