1] "I had an extreme terror of Hell, implanted in me, I suppose, by my good nurse, which used to haunt me terribly on stormy nights, when the wind had broken loose and was going about the town like a bedlamite. I remember that the noises on such occasions always grouped themselves for me into the sound of a horseman, or rather a succession of horsemen, riding furiously past the bottom of the street and away up the hill into town; I think even now that I hear the terrible howl of his passage, and the clinking that I used to attribute to his bit and stirrups. On such nights I would lie awake and pray and cry, until I prayed and cried myself asleep" (Graham Balfour, Life of Robert Louis Stevenson [London: Methuen, 1901]: 32; cited by Janet Adam Smith in her edition of the Collected Poems , p. 367).
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Original text: Robert Louis Stevenson, Ballads and Other Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson: A Child's Garden of Verses; Underwoods; Ballads (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900). end/S749/A155/190- Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1885
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/11
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