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Project Gutenberg's A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis StevensonThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: A Child's Garden of VersesVerse 142Author: Robert Louis StevensonIllustrator: Jessie Willcox SmithRelease Date: May 26, 2008 [EBook #25609]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES ***Produced by Juliet Sutherland Christine D. and the OnlineDistributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.netAChild'sGardenof VersesROBERT LOUIS STEVENSONIllustrated byJessie Willcox SmithCHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, New YorkCopyright, 1905, By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONSPrinted in the United States of AmericaAll rights reserved. No part of this bookmay be reproduced in any form without thepermission of Charles Scribner's SonsDD-3.64[H]Reset March 1955TO ALISON CUNNINGHAMFROM HER BOYFor the long nights you lay awakeAnd watched for my unworthy sake:For your most comfortable handThat led me through the uneven land:For all the story-books you read:For all the pains you comforted:For all you pitied, all you bore,In sad and happy days of yore:—My second Mother, my first Wife,The angel of my infant life—From the sick child, now well and old,Take, nurse, the little book you hold!And grant it, Heaven, ...

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Project Gutenberg's A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org
Title: A Child's Garden of Verses Verse 142
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator: Jessie Willcox Smith
Release Date: May 26, 2008 [EBook #25609]
Language: English
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES *** Produced by Juliet Sutherland Christine D. and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net A Child's Garden of Verses
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Illustrated by
Jessie Willcox Smith
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS,NewYork
Copyright, 1905, By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS Printed in the United States of America All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without the permission of Charles Scribner's Sons DD-3.64[H] Reset March 1955
TO ALISON CUNNINGHAM
For the long nights you lay awake And watched for my unworthy sake: For your most comfortable hand That led me through the uneven land: For all the story-books you read: For all the pains you comforted: For all you pitied, all you bore, In sad and happy days of yore:— My second Mother, my first Wife, The angel of my infant life— From the sick child, nowwell and old, Take, nurse, the little book you hold! And grant it, Heaven, that all who read May find as dear a nurse at need, And every child who lists my rhyme, In the bright, fireside, nursery clime, May hear it in as kind a voice As made my childish days rejoice!
THE ORIGINAL TITLE PAGE FOR A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES BY
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH
FROM HER BOY
R. L. S.
A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES ROBERT LOVIS STEVENSON WITH ILLVSTRATIONS BY JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK MCMV
CONTENTS
TO ALISON CUNNINGHAMvii BED IN SUMMER3 A THOUGHT4 AT THE SEA-SIDE5 YOUNG NIGHT-THOUGHT6 WHOLE DUTY OF CHILDREN7 RAIN7 PIRATE STORY8 FOREIGN LANDS9 WINDY NIGHTS10 TRAVEL11 SINGING13 LOOKING FORWARD14 A GOOD PLAY15 WHERE GO THE BOATS?16 AUNTIE'S SKIRTS17 THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE18 THE LAND OF NOD19 MY SHADOW20 SYSTEM22 A GOOD BOY23 ESCAPE AT BEDTIME24 MARCHING SONG25 THE COW26 HAPPY THOUGHT27 THE WIND28 KEEPSAKE MILL29 GOOD AND BAD CHILDREN31 FOREIGN CHILDREN33 THE SUN TRAVELS35 THE LAMPLIGHTER36 MY BED IS A BOAT37 THE MOON39 THE SWING40 TIME TO RISE41 LOOKING-GLASS RIVER42 FAIRY BREAD44 FROM A RAILWAY CARRIAGE45 WINTER-TIME46 THE HAYLOFT47 FAREWELL TO THE FARM49 NORTH-WEST PASSAGE50 1. Good-Night50 2. Shadow March51 3. In Port52 THE CHILD ALONE THE UNSEEN PLAYMATE57 MY SHIP AND I59 MY KINGDOM61 PICTURE-BOOKS IN WINTER63 MY TREASURES65 BLOCK CITY67 THE LAND OF STORY-BOOKS69 ARMIES IN THE FIRE71
THE LITTLE LAND GARDEN DAYS NIGHT AND DAY NEST EGGS THE FLOWERS SUMMER SUN THE DUMB SOLDIER AUTUMN FIRES THE GARDENER HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS ENVOYS TO WILLIE AND HENRIETTA TO MY MOTHER TO AUNTIE TO MINNIE TO MY NAME-CHILD TO ANY READER
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ILLUSTRATIONS
FROM DRAWINGS IN COLOR BY JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH
Bed in Summer In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. Foreign Lands I held the trunk with both my hands And looked abroad on foreign lands. The Land of Counterpane I was the giant great and still That sits upon the pillow-hill, My Shadow He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see; I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me! Foreign Children Little Indian, Sioux or Crow, Little frosty Eskimo, Little Turk or Japanee, Oh! don't you wish that you were me? Looking-glass River We can see our coloured faces Floating on the shaken pool The Hayloft Oh, what a joy to clamber there, Oh, what a place for play, With the sweet, the dim, the dusty air, The happy hills of hay! North-west Passage And face with an undaunted tread The long black passage up to bed. Picture-books in Winter Water now is turned to stone Nurse and I can walk upon; Still we find the flowing brooks In the picture story-books. The Little Land I have just to shut my eyes To go sailing through the skies— To go sailing far away To the pleasant Land of Play; The Flowers All the names I know from nurse: Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse, Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock, And the Lady Hollyhock. To Auntie What did the other children do? And what were childhood, wanting you?
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A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES
In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see The birds still hopping on the tree, Or hear the grown-up people's feet Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you, When all the sky is clear and blue, And I should like so much to play, To have to go to bed by day?
MaryMary
BED IN SUMMER
HansHans
It is very nice to think The world is full of meat and drink, With little children saying grace In every Christian kind of place. BiddyBiddy
A THOUGHT
BED IN SUMMERBED IN SUMMER
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