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A WRECKED LOCOMOTIVE, by            
First Line: It lies upon the rocks, a shattered thing
Last Line: And this thin gloaming thickens into night.
Subject(s): Disasters; Railroad Wrecks; Train Wrecks


IT lies upon the rocks, a shattered thing,
Here where the valley flood ripped up the rails,
No more the hound that on these modern trails
Leaped at the whipping steam's fire-furied sting,
And scented toward the cities as on wing;
Unwarned, unchecked, with weird, half-human wails,
As some cliff-driven beast of ancient tales,
It plunged to ruin past all reckoning:
And on the heap, his face unfrowned by fear,
Calm as a man of marble and as white,
Gripping the throttle, lies the engineer
Who fell to sleep on his last, frantic flight;
While overhead the solemn stars appear
And this thin gloaming thickens into night.





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