My favourite poem in the whole wide world…

I really believe this is the best poem known to mankind:

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Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

’Twas about seven o’clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem’d to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem’d to say-
“I’ll blow down the Bridge of Tay.”

When the train left Edinburgh
The passengers’ hearts were light and felt no sorrow,
But Boreas blew a terrific gale,
Which made their hearts for to quail,
And many of the passengers with fear did say-
“I hope God will send us safe across the Bridge of Tay.”

But when the train came near to Wormit Bay,
Boreas he did loud and angry bray,
And shook the central girders of the Bridge of Tay
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

So the train sped on with all its might,
And Bonnie Dundee soon hove in sight,
And the passengers’ hearts felt light,
Thinking they would enjoy themselves on the New Year,
With their friends at home they lov’d most dear,
And wish them all a happy New Year.

So the train mov’d slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
Until it was about midway,
Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
And down went the train and passengers into the Tay!
The Storm Fiend did loudly bray,
Because ninety lives had been taken away,
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

As soon as the catastrophe came to be known
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown,
And the cry rang out all o’er the town,
Good Heavens! the Tay Bridge is blown down,
And a passenger train from Edinburgh,
Which fill’d all the peoples hearts with sorrow,
And made them for to turn pale,
Because none of the passengers were sav’d to tell the tale
How the disaster happen’d on the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

It must have been an awful sight,
To witness in the dusky moonlight,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
Oh! ill-fated Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
I must now conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed.

YES THAT’S RIGHT- William McGonagall, the world’s worst poet, is my favourite!

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YES- SERIOUSLY! I swear to you this is not an April Fools- I wouldn’t lie to you like last year… I’m not kidding; I never kid… Oh alright then APRIL FOOLS!

(But I really do love that poem- gets me every time 😉 )

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28 thoughts on “My favourite poem in the whole wide world…

  1. obbverse says:

    Spike Milligan, comic genius of his time, loved this poem. ‘Straight face is hard to keep/when thoughts and trains plunge so deep.’ Sorry! Cant’ beat the Master McGonagall, So wonderfully clunky, its the written equivalent of fingers on a blackboard.

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    It’s just fun to read this poem aloud! I can’t do it with a straight face. For example:
    “It must have been an awful sight,
    To witness in the dusky moonlight,
    While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
    Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,”

    Right.

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  3. Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    I was reading this thinking hmm, very clunky, not getting any sense of flow or deep emotion here… but then I thought no, I must keep an open mind, the orang-utan librarian has recommended this as the best poem known to mankind so there must be profound depths to it that I will glimpse if I simply try hard enough… and then I saw your message at the end 😂

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  4. Gradmama2011 says:

    Reblogged this on SOMETIMES and commented:
    Here’s another of my favorite bloggers — the Orangutan Librarian—always writing about my very favorite things, namely Books and Libraries. I also like this post from last month, about a poem that I hadn’t read before but love the way it begs to be recited outloud with a toe-tapping rousing beat….getting into the poem’s rhythm and meter. Thanks for the reblog Orang!

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