The Headless Horseman Rides At Night

The headless horseman rides at night
The story the locals tell
From Charleville walls is seen the sight
Of the spectre from hell
And by the barracks wall he gallops fast
The story it is said
Long by the canal and Bond store at last
The Horseman his way he made.
And over the bridge in the nights dark
To the Cemetery it makes its way
And only a solitary dog will bark
In the hours before the break of day.
And through hospital grounds: through hedges all
No obstacle to this apparition unreal
To the Poor Law cemetery out the road
As the hour on the church bells peal…
From where this apparition of the otherworld?
Or is it a story told
To scare a child to sleep at night
By a grandparent old?

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