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[Note 369.1] The picture shows a North Eastern Railway locomotive built about a year before the poem was written

[Note 369.2] Lancaster is near Morecombe Bay. The references to places along the line suggest that the poet was writing from experience of the journey. The route described in the poem was opened by the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway in 1861. It became part of the North Eastern Railway in 1863 thus linking Lancaster and Stockton on Tees.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Durham_and_Lancashire_Union_Railway]

[Note 369.3] Stockton on Tees was a river port for vessels using the North Sea

[Note 369.4] Perhaps the poet means the member of the falcon family capable of rapid acceleration in flight.]

[Note 369.5] According to Francesca Wilde "Fairies take great delight in horsemanshio and are spendid riders. Many fine young men are enticed to ride with them, when they dash along with the fairies like the wind"
[Ancient legend, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland http://www.libraryireland.com/AncientLegendsSuperstitions/Ride-Fairies.php]

 

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