The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (July 1, 1933)
The Midnight Express
Coupled with dreams is the ghostly cryi
Of the flying night express,
From a world of sleep to a stirring morn,
From the shadowed hills to the plains of corn,
Puffing and panting in dire distress—
Goes the passenger night express.
And who can tell of its human freight,
What issues there are at stake;
Of the trouble stored in a restless mind,
Of the thrilled expectancy one would find,
Flying the dark to a world awake—
On the passenger night express?
I only know when the iron horse
Of the gleaming rails goes through,
That my dreams are stirred with the vague unrest
Of the wild romance of its eager quest,
Know that I long to be travelling too—
With the passenger night express.
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