“On a tombstone in the South porch at Ely Cathedral, commemorates the death of the engine driver and stoker of the Norwich to London train, which crashed on Christmas Eve in 1845 is written this poem. The Author invites sinners to join the rail line to life eternal.....”
The Spiritual Railway
The line to Heaven by Christ was made
With heavenly truth, the rails are laid
From Earth to Heaven the line extends
To life eternal where it ends.
Repentance is the station then
Where passengers are taken in
No fee for them is there to pay
For Jesus is Himself the way.
God’s Word is the first engineer
It points the way to Heaven so clear
Through tunnels dark and dreary here
It does the way to Glory steer.
God’s love the Fire, His truth the steam
Which drives the engine and the train
All you who would to Glory ride
Must come to Christ in Him abide.
In First, and Second, and Third class
Repentance, Faith and Holiness
You must the way to Glory gain
Or you with Christ will not remain.
Come then poor sinners, now is the time
At any station on the line
If you will repent and turn from sin
The train will stop and take you in.
You May Also Read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad” visit: www.online-literature.com/poe/127/