Ebenezer Elliott on the opening of the Sheffield to Rotherham Railway in 1838
…For mind shall conquer time and space;
Bid East and West shake hands!
Bring over Ocean, face to face,
Earth’s ocean-sever’d strands;
And on this path, Iron bear
Words that shall wither, in despair,
The tyrants of all lands.
But, lo! the train! – On! onward! – still Loud shrieks the kindled wave; And back fly hamlet, tree, and hill,
White steam, and banners brave;
And thoughts on vapoury wings are hurld,
To shake old thrones and change a world…
Ebenezer Elliott’s Selected ‘Verses on the Opening of the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway’ Sourced from: