A Child's Garden of Verses

By Robert Louis

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...A CHILD'S GARDEN
OF VERSES

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... EDITED BY G. E. MITTON


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...For all the pains you comforted:
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... IV. YOUNG NIGHT THOUGHT 19

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... XVII. THE LAND OF NOD ...

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... XXX. THE LAMPLIGHTER ...

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... _3. In Port_ ...

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... 141

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... V. TO MY NAME-CHILD ...

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... I felt you...

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... IN winter I get up at night
...

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...the people marching by,
As plain...

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...are at sea.

Where shall we adventure, to-day that we're afloat,
Wary...

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... WHENEVER the moon and stars are set,
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... And with bell and voice and drum,
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...dusty dining room;
See the pictures...

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... To go a-sailing on till tea.

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...head,
And all my toys beside...

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... Till morning in the land of Nod.

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...Or else his dear papa is poor.




XX

A GOOD BOY


I WOKE before the morning,...

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... But the glory kept shining and...

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...light of day;

And blown by...

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... Or just a stronger child than me?
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... Turning and churning that river to foam.

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... Little frosty Eskimo,
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...to bed.

And when at eve...

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...slice of wedding-cake,
Perhaps...

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...over the wall,
Till...

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...Dipping marten, plumping trout,
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... And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
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...Its frosty pepper up my nose.

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...kissing hands, in chorus sing:
Good-bye,...

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... O pleasant party round the fire!
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...bed,
She shall come in with...

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... 'Tis he will take care of your playthings himself!

[Illustration: MY SHIP AND...

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...named them one and all.

And...

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...picture story-books.

All the pretty things...

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... But of all of my treasures the...

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... Block upon block lying scattered and free,
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... As if in firelit camp they lay,
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... That crumbles in your furnaces!




IX

THE LITTLE LAND


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...I can climb the jointed grass;
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...things plain:
High bare walls, great...

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...Till on all, the night divine
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... On the smiling valleys;
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... With musical speeches
High overhead...

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...pull
To keep the shady parlour...

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... To the stars and to the sun.

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... From the autumn bonfires
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... Well now, and while the summer stays,
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... All the giants leaped to horse
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...successors, play.

"Time was,"...

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... The wars about Sebastopol,
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... The eternal dawn, beyond a doubt,
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...Sanchez, will be given you to read.
Then shall you discover, that your name...

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...out of this book.
For, long...