The Black Riders and Other Lines

The Black Riders and Other Lines

by Stephen Crane


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The Black Riders and Other Lines is a book of poetry written by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). It was first published in 1895 by Copeland & Day.

Black riders came from the sea.

Three little birds in a row

In the Desert

Yes, I have a thousand tongues

Once there came a man

God fashioned the ship of the world carefully

Mystic shadow, bending near me,

I looked here

I stood upon a high place,

Should the wide world roll away,

In a lonely place,

"And the sins of the fathers shall be"

If there is a witness to my little life,

There was a crimson clash of war.

"Tell brave deeds of war."

There were many who went in huddled procession

In heaven

A god in wrath

A learned man came to me once

There was, before me

Once I saw mountains angry

Places among the stars

I saw a man pursuing the horizon

Behold, the grave of a wicked man

There was set before me a mighty hill

A youth in apparel that glittered

"Truth," said a traveller

Behold, from the land of the farther suns

Supposing that I should have the courage

Many workmen

Two or three angels

There was one I met upon the road

I stood upon a highway

A man saw a ball of gold in the sky

I met a seer

On the horizon the peaks assembled

The ocean said to me once

The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds

And you love me

Love walked alone

I walked in a desert

There came whisperings in the winds

I was in the darkness

Tradition, thou art for suckling children

Many red devils ran from my heart

"Think as I think," said a man

Once there was a man

I stood musing in a black world

You say you are holy

A man went before a strange God

Why do you strive for greatness, fool?

Blustering God

"It was wrong to do this," said the angel

A man toiled on a burning road

A man feared that he might find an assassin

With eye and with gesture

The sage lectured brilliantly

Walking in the sky

Upon the road of my life

There was a man and a woman

There was a man who lived a life of fire

There was a great cathedral

Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground

Once, I knew a fine song

If I should cast off this tattered coat

God lay dead in heaven

A spirit sped

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789353833732
Publisher: Throne Classics
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 - June 5, 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

The ninth surviving child of Protestant Methodist parents, Crane began writing at the age of four and had published several articles by the age of 16. Having little interest in university studies, he left college in 1891 to work as a reporter and writer. Crane's first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, generally considered by critics to be the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim in 1895 for his Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without having any battle experience.

As a child, Stephen was often sickly and afflicted by constant colds. When the boy was almost two, his father wrote in his diary that his youngest son became "so sick that we are anxious about him."

In four years, Crane published five novels, two volumes of poetry, three short story collections, two books of war stories, and numerous works of short fiction and reporting. Today he is mainly remembered for The Red Badge of Courage, which is regarded as an American classic. The novel has been adapted several times for the screen, including John Huston's 1951 version.

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