A Child's Garden of Verses

By Robert Louis

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...[Illustration: "Where the golden apples grow."]

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A CHILD'S

GARDEN OF

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XXXIII. THE SWING ...

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... You never saw the like by day.

So fine a show...

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...I saw the next door garden lie,
Adorned with flowers, before my...

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... Cities on the other hum;--
Where are forests, hot as...

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... And filled it full of sofa pillows
To go a-sailing...

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... All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my...

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...shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was...

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...that glittered and winked in the dark.

The Dog, and the Plough,...

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...as kings.

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XXV

THE WIND


I saw you toss the kites on high
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...Home from the Indies and home from the ocean,
Heroes...

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... You must dwell beyond the foam,
But I am safe...

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...girds me in my sailor's coat
And starts me in...

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...I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

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...Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
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...sweetly smelling crops
They led in waggons home;
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... Till far to-morrow, fare ye well!

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2. SHADOW MARCH.

All round...

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...runs on the grass,
He sings when you tinkle the musical glass;
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...In summer bloom were coming out,
Some yellow...

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...And the flying fairies' looks,
In the picture story-books.

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...moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors on board!
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... About the garden trees and walls.

Now in the...

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...the sky,
And the round sun rolling by
Heeding...

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... Garden darkened, daisy shut,
Child in bed, they...

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...Safe in each egg are the
Bird's little babies.

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...will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

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...flown,
O'er him as he lay alone.

Not a...

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...actions done
And valiant battles lost and won.

Here...

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...the elders' seat
We rest with quiet feet,
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...is there--
Our phantom voices haunt the air
As...

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...will be given you to read.
Then shall you discover, that your...

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...of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
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