Punch,  7 (1844), 41.

In My Cottage Near a "Rail"





Railways, Transport, Environmentalism, Domestic Economy

    Begins by complaining of the 'horrid row' caused by the steam-locomotives that pass the railway line built next to the cottage in which he tries to enjoy 'Bliss' and his young wife, Betsy. Laments the fact that the noise 'Always drowns' songs sung by his wife, and that the vibrations of the machine causes his crockery to 'reel' and his whole house to shake. In conclusion, he yearns for 'some sequester'd spot, / Far from stokers and from steam', where he can enjoy marital bliss.

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