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“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” is a poem by English author Robert Browning, written in 1855 and first published that same year in the collection entitled Men and Women. The poem has influenced many other authors including modern horror writer Stephen King in his seven book epic, ‘The Dark Tower’, featuring The Gunslinger; Roland Deschain.
2,250 words, with a reading time of ~ 0.13 hours (~ 9 pages), and first published in 1855. This DRM-Free edition published by epubBooks, 2009.
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I My first thought was, he lied in every word, That hoary cripple, with malicious eye Askance to watch the working of his lie On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford Suppression of the glee, that pursed and scored Its edge, at one more victim gained thereby. II What else should he be set for, with his staff? What, save to waylay with his lies, ensnare All travellers who might find him posted there, And ask the road? I guessed what skull–like laugh Would break, what crutch ‘gin write my epitaph For pastime in the dusty thoroughfare.