by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956)

The horseman
Language: English 
There was a Horseman rode so fast
The Sun in heaven stayed still at last.

On, on, and on, his galloping shoon
Gleamed never never beneath the Moon.

The People said, ‘Thou must be mad, O
Man with a never-lengthening shadow!

‘Mad and bad!  Ho!  stay thy course,
Thou and thy never-stabled horse!

‘Oh, what a wild and wicked sight —
A Horseman never dark with night!

‘Depart from us, depart from us,
Thou and thy lank-maned Pegasus!’ . . .

They talked into declining day,
Since both were now leagues — leagues away.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-03-03
Line count: 14
Word count: 94