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Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child's Garden of Verses. 21. Escape at Bedtime

The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
    Through the blinds and the windows and bars; 
And high overhead and all moving about,
    There were thousands of millions of stars. 
There ne'er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
    Nor of people in church or the Park, 
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
    And that glittered and winked in the dark.

The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
    And the star of the sailor, and Mars, 
These shown in the sky, and the pail by the wall
    Would be half full of water and stars. 
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
    And they soon had me packed into bed; 
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
    And the stars going round in my head.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Poem Theme: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson's other poems:
  1. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 13. Mater Triumphans
  2. About the Sheltered Garden Ground
  3. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 39. Tropic Rain
  4. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 8. TO you, let snow and roses
  5. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 35. THE tropics vanish, and meseems that I

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