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Up to the Old Inn Door (Most Favored)

This picture has had over 30 thousand views 5/1/10? I find that a little Unreal.

The Highwayman
By Alfred Noyes

Part One
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door.

He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh!
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

And dark in the old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim the ostler listened; his face was white and peaked;
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
But he loved the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's red-lipped daughter,
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say-

"One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way."

He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand,
But she loosened her hair i' the casement! His face burnt like a brand
As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
(Oh, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the West.

Part Two
He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
When the road was a gipsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
A red-coat troop came marching-
King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed;
Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!
There was death at every window;
And hell at one dark window;
For Bess could see, through the casement, the road that he would ride.

They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
They bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
"Now keep good watch!" and they kissed her.
She heard the dead man say-
Look for me by moonlight;
Watch for me by moonlight;
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!

She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
She writhed her hands till here fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like
Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

The tip of one finger touched it; she strove no more for the rest!
Up, she stood up to attention, with the barrel beneath her breast,
She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;
For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
Blank and bare in the moonlight;
And the blood of her veins in the moonlight throbbed to her love's refrain.

Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs
ringing clear;
Tlot-tlot, tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did
not hear?
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding,
Riding, riding!
The red-coats looked to their priming! She stood up strait and still!

Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night
Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him-with her death.

He turned; he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
Bowed, with her head o'er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
Not till the dawn he heard it, his face grew grey to hear
How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.

* * * * * *

And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
A highwayman comes riding-
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard,
And he taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred;
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

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blizzard14-Sep-2013 14:10
brilliant simply so original big vote
Guest 29-Nov-2010 23:21
Nice :) Vµ
Dan the Man20-Nov-2010 23:47
Excellent work my friend!!! Bravo!!!! V V v V
Ali Majdfar04-Jul-2010 16:19
Outstanding! ~V
Marcia Colelli02-Jul-2010 01:58
Wonderful work V
1moremile01-Jul-2010 22:17
Congratulations. Outstanding and 30,000 hits is big. Way big. Speaking of big; big vote.
You have so much talent.
bill friedlander14-May-2010 20:08
The perfect image to go along with the poem. I remember learning the poem in high school many decades ago. Very nostalgic for me. V
Karen Stuebing07-Mar-2010 15:46
Spooky and evocative image. Perfect for the prose. V.
Nick Arena14-Feb-2010 05:23
Fabulous creation...V
PauloCGama21-Nov-2009 17:48
IMHO: stunning!!! Huge v
PPearl 03-Oct-2009 20:37
Did you make that picture?
Blandine Mangin01-Sep-2009 21:18
a very beautiful image ! v
Chris Spracklen03-Aug-2009 20:42
The number of views doesn't surprise me at all, Char ~ it's a wonderful image!! (V)
Beautifully created, dear friend.
Congratulations on all the deserved interest.
Best regards, Chris
(P.S. I've got a shot that's had nearly 23,000 hits and my next highest hasn't reached 10,000. It's odd and the amount of interest in both is something of a surprise to me too!)
Joanne Kamo01-Aug-2009 23:48
Top-notch work..Wow!! Well deserved votes!
Bill Ewart Jr01-Aug-2009 03:02
21 thousand views????? WOW! That's incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January Grey01-Aug-2009 02:44
Whoa! That's a LOT of hits, Char! And rightly so! A beautiful & creative composition! V~
Kim31-Jul-2009 22:51
A fine piece of art!! very well done! V
Char09-Jun-2009 21:09
Message to June Mann Laurie Check your email I sent you a message and said you could use it. Char
June 09-Jun-2009 20:47
June 09-Jun-2009 17:35
May I have permission to use this photograph in a PowerPoint for Figures of Speech in Poetry?
June 09-Jun-2009 17:35
May I have permission to use this photograph in a PowerPoint for Figures of Speech in Poetry?
bexs23-May-2009 14:15
Can I copy this for educational purposes please?
Guest 23-May-2009 14:09
Can I have permission to use this image for educational purposes?
Guest 27-Apr-2009 18:45
Guest 03-Apr-2009 18:46
i loveez it! i finally found the lyrics! yay!!!!
Dennis Hoyne20-Mar-2009 02:11
This is so good, Char, outstanding! How do you do it? Voted
Guest 11-Mar-2009 09:24
this cool
Bryan Murahashi21-Feb-2009 02:05
A fabulous and creative image. GMV
Marco Valk20-Feb-2009 17:50
Amazing work; well done. v
Amy 01-Feb-2009 05:43
we read this in class last year! i loved it then and i love in now!
Rebecca 20-Dec-2008 13:13
we read this poem in glass and i fell in love with it. graet work. totally amazaing. outstanding.!!! wow.
emm emms 06-Dec-2008 19:13
i love this peom it's absolutely fatastic lol
tj 19-Sep-2008 18:31
Guest 21-Aug-2008 01:29
Stumbled upon this by chance... simply superb, you made my night.
Guest 11-Dec-2007 12:15
Well done, V
Steve Highfield11-Nov-2007 15:21
Top class compo, Char - and accompanying poem :-)Well done +V
Guest 03-Nov-2007 05:35
You've created quite a mood; I especially like your texture in the wood.
patbc27-Oct-2007 19:31
WOW! Love this Char!
poetry66614-Oct-2007 00:01
Now this one has the WOW factor. A masterpiece in the making Char. Excellent work and a job very well done...V!!!
Guest 13-Oct-2007 19:32
Excellent image, Char!. I really like this one. Beatiful one as halloween greeting card. Gmv. :)
Robert Charity13-Oct-2007 16:35
excellent - I have always liked that poem, V
Martha Albuquerque13-Oct-2007 12:57
outstanding* v*
Roe..12-Oct-2007 10:17
wow..great work..
Carol Rollins10-Oct-2007 23:49
Fantastic work, Char! Wow, this is really impressive! VOTE
Patricia Lay-Dorsey10-Oct-2007 18:04
MAGNIFICENT, CHAR! And I put that in my "shouting voice" on purpose. This is truly an image to shout over! Now I want to see you create an illustrated poetry gallery!
Neal Nye10-Oct-2007 12:06
One of the best ever! It deserves "Best In Show" for sure!
Simon Chandler10-Oct-2007 04:18
Excellent work. I admire your artistic skills and creativity. v
Barb10-Oct-2007 02:53
Excellent. Outstanding workup. Vote
Pixel Shooter10-Oct-2007 02:11
Outstanding Char!!! ~GMV
Jay Levin10-Oct-2007 02:04
This is just out of this world, Char. Big Vote!!
De'Carr Studio09-Oct-2007 23:44
LOVE IT!! Could be a cover for a Stephen King Novel. Vote
judyjo09-Oct-2007 23:05
Excellent, Char. You really outdid yourself on this one....Big V
Jess. ( Lady.D.)09-Oct-2007 22:01
Extremely creative work, outstanding imagination....
Guest 09-Oct-2007 20:33
Brilliantly creative work Char, wish I could vote more than once on this one!
Graham Tomlin09-Oct-2007 19:25
fab regards Helen
laine8209-Oct-2007 17:15
This has always been a favourite poem of this comp, Char ~vote
Katie Chew09-Oct-2007 13:38
Perfect!!!! V
Karen Stuebing09-Oct-2007 10:44
This is just one of the best photoshop art images I have ever seen. What a wonderful, scary and perfect portrayal of the story. I'm voting and this better get to the number one spot. :)
Tom Munson09-Oct-2007 03:38
Great shot Char, very creative. v
Art Parnell09-Oct-2007 03:25
Very creative and well done, Char.
Linda Willets09-Oct-2007 03:05
excellent. love it.. vote
NealyBob09-Oct-2007 02:38
This is a Terrific~! Very creative Char! You do wonderful work~! V
flowsnow09-Oct-2007 01:37
Wow..this is incredible like a ghost town with the cowboy riding in the night....Vote~
carol j. phipps09-Oct-2007 01:25
Perfection! VOTE
Cindi Smith08-Oct-2007 23:15
Excellent! Well done, Char! This is one of your best!v
CM Kwan08-Oct-2007 22:33
It is an amazing work, Char! I really love it. V
Victoria08-Oct-2007 21:25
What a magic world, this is beautiful
Guest 08-Oct-2007 20:46
Outstanding, Char!! Voted.
Terri Steele08-Oct-2007 20:12
This is amazing and truly spectacular! WOW!!!!
Focus08-Oct-2007 20:09
Outstanding work..........voted!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography08-Oct-2007 19:44
Great work, Vote :)
Guest 08-Oct-2007 19:32
This is fantastic, it's got it all..a lot of work and well worth it....big V
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