A Child's Garden of Verses

By Robert Louis

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...plain as day, before my eye.

Armies and emperors and kings,
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...my hands
And looked abroad on foreign lands.

I...

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...the desert blows,
And with bell and voice and drum,
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...toys.

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A GOOD PLAY.


We built a ship upon the stairs
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...in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
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...I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

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... The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
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...the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
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... Home from the Indies and home from the ocean,
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... Have wearied _not_ to be abroad.

You have...

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... Nurse helps me in when I embark;
She girds me...

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...down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so...

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...shade of pine;
And when you have eaten well,
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... Till the shining scythes went far and wide
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...Farewell, O brother, sister, sire!
O pleasant party round the fire?
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...he runs on the grass,
He sings when you tinkle the musical...

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...bloom were coming out,
Some yellow and some...

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...Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading...

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...kings
Coming and going with presents and things!

Now...

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...paints the empty room:
And warmly on the roof it looks,
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...forest I can pass
Till, as in a looking glass,
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...rut,
Mice among the lumber.

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In the...

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... Chip, and upspringing
Make all the April...

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...laddered hayloft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
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...tale myself.

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AUTUMN FIRES


In the other gardens
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... And there are Ali Baba's rocks.

But yonder, see! apart and...

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... But time which none can bind,
While flowing fast away,...

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...far enough from here--
Yet you have farther gone!
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... Ay, and while you slept, a baby, over all the English lands
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