Robert Louis Stevenson
Mine Eyes Were Swift To Know Thee by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mine Eyes Were Swift To Know Thee by Robert Louis Stevenson

MINE eyes were swift to know thee, and my heart As swift to love. I did become at once Thine wholly, thine unalterably, thine In honourable service, pure intent, Steadfast ...

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In The Green And Gallant Spring by Robert Louis Stevenson

In The Green And Gallant Spring by Robert Louis Stevenson

IN the green and gallant Spring, Love and the lyre I thought to sing, And kisses sweet to give and take By the flowery hawthorn brake. Now is russet Autumn here, Death and ...

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Come From The Daisied Meadows by Robert Louis Stevenson

Come From The Daisied Meadows by Robert Louis Stevenson

HOME from the daisied meadows, where you linger yet - Home, golden-headed playmate, ere the sun is set; For the dews are falling fast And the night has come at last. Home with ...

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As One Who Having Wandered All Night Long by Robert Louis Stevenson

As One Who Having Wandered All Night Long by Robert Louis Stevenson

AS one who having wandered all night long In a perplexed forest, comes at length In the first hours, about the matin song, And when the sun uprises in his strength, To the ...

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Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes Through empty heaven with repose; And in the blue and glowing days More thick than rain he showers his rays. Though closer still the blinds we ...

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From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson

From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;And charging along like troops in a battleAll through the meadows the horses and cattle:All of the ...

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Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson

Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,Whenever the wind is high,All night long in the dark and wet,A man goes riding by.Late in the night when the fires are out,Why does he gallop ...

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About The Sheltered Garden Ground by Robert Louis Stevenson

About The Sheltered Garden Ground by Robert Louis Stevenson

ABOUT the sheltered garden groundThe trees stand strangely still.The vale ne'er seemed so deep before,Nor yet so high the hill.An awful sense of quietness,A fulness of ...

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Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry skyDig the grave and let me lie.Glad did I live and gladly die,And I laid me down with a will.This be the verse you grave for me;"Here he lies where he ...

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A Valentine’s Song by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Valentine’s Song by Robert Louis Stevenson

MOTLEY I count the only wearThat suits, in this mixed world, the truly wise,Who boldly smile upon despairAnd shake their bells in Grandam Grundy's eyes.Singers should sing with ...

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Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson

The rain is raining all around,It falls on field and tree,It rains on the umbrellas here,And on the ships at sea.

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At The Sea-Side by Robert Louis Stevenson

At The Sea-Side by Robert Louis Stevenson

When I was down beside the sea A wooden spade they gave to me To dig the sandy shore. My holes were empty like a cup. In every hole the sea came up, Till it could come no more.

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My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

From Child's Garden of VersesI have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.He is very, very like me from the heels up ...

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Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson

Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes, The grey smoke ...

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At Last She Comes by Robert Louis Stevenson

At Last She Comes by Robert Louis Stevenson

AT last she comes, O never moreIn this dear patience of my painTo leave me lonely as before,Or leave my soul alone again.

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Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope, O God by Robert Louis Stevenson

Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope, O God by Robert Louis Stevenson

SINCE thou hast given me this good hope, O God,That while my footsteps tread the flowery sodAnd the great woods embower me, and white dawnAnd purple even sweetly lead me onFrom ...

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The Vagabond by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Vagabond by Robert Louis Stevenson

Give to me the life I love,Let the lave go by me,Give the jolly heaven aboveAnd the byway nigh me.Bed in the bush with stars to see,Bread I dip in the river -There's the life for ...

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Flower God, God Of The Spring by Robert Louis Stevenson

Flower God, God Of The Spring by Robert Louis Stevenson

FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,Here I wander in AprilCold, grey-headed; and still to myHeart, Spring comes ...

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The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,With lantern and ...

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A Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson

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.

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Armies In The Fire by Robert Louis Stevenson

Armies In The Fire by Robert Louis Stevenson

The lamps now glitter down the street; Faintly sound the falling feet; And the blue even slowly falls About the garden trees and walls. Now in the falling of the gloom The red ...

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The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson

I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies' skirts across the grass-- O wind, a-blowing all day long, O wind, ...

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The Land Of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Land Of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson

When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay, To keep me happy all the day. And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden ...

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A Good Play by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Good Play by Robert Louis Stevenson

We built a ship upon the stairs All made of the back-bedroom chairs, And filled it full of soft pillows To go a-sailing on the billows. We took a saw and several nails, And water ...

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Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at nightAnd 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 seeThe birds still hopping on the ...

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The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall; She shines on thieves on the garden wall, On streets and fields and harbour quays, And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. ...

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Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson

The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.

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An English Breeze by Robert Louis Stevenson

An English Breeze by Robert Louis Stevenson

UP with the sun, the breeze arose,Across the talking corn she goes,And smooth she rustles far and wideThrough all the voiceful countryside.Through all the land her tale she ...

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As In Their Flight The Birds Of Song by Robert Louis Stevenson

As In Their Flight The Birds Of Song by Robert Louis Stevenson

AS in their flight the birds of songHalt here and there in sweet and sunny dales,But halt not overlong;The time one rural song to singThey pause; then following bounteous ...

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Ad Se Ipsum by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ad Se Ipsum by Robert Louis Stevenson

DEAR sir, good-morrow! Five years back,When you first girded for this arduous track,And under various whimsical pretextsEndowed another with your damned defects,Could you have ...

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The Unseen Playmate by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Unseen Playmate by Robert Louis Stevenson

When children are playing alone on the green, In comes the playmate that never was seen. When children are happy and lonely and good, The Friend of the Children comes out of the ...

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The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The friendly cow all red and white, I love with all my heart: She gives me cream with all her might, To eat with apple-tart. She wanders lowing here and there, And yet she cannot ...

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Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

I should like to rise and go Where the golden apples grow;-- Where below another sky Parrot islands anchored lie, And, watched by cockatoos and goats, Lonely Crusoes building ...

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Fairy Bread by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fairy Bread by Robert Louis Stevenson

Come up here, O dusty feet!Here is fairy ready to eat.Here in my retiring room,Children ,you may dineOn the golden smell of broomAnd the shade of pine;And when you have eaten ...

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Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson

Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson

Up into the cherry tree Who should climb but little me? I held the trunk with both my hands And looked abroad in foreign lands. I saw the next door garden lie, Adorned with ...

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After Reading “Antony And Cleopatra” by Robert Louis Stevenson

After Reading “Antony And Cleopatra” by Robert Louis Stevenson

AS when the hunt by holt and fieldDrives on with horn and strife,Hunger of hopeless things pursuesOur spirits throughout life.The sea's roar fills us aching fullOf objectless ...

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Away With Funeral Music by Robert Louis Stevenson

Away With Funeral Music by Robert Louis Stevenson

AWAY with funeral music - setThe pipe to powerful lips -The cup of life's for him that drinksAnd not for him that sips.

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Good And Bad Children by Robert Louis Stevenson

Good And Bad Children by Robert Louis Stevenson

Children, you are very little, And your bones are very brittle; If you would grow great and stately, You must try to walk sedately. You must still be bright and quiet, And content ...

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Where Go The Boats? by Robert Louis Stevenson

Where Go The Boats? by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dark brown is the river,Golden is the sand.It flows along for ever,With trees on either hand.Green leaves a-floating,Castles of the foam,Boats of mine a-boating - Where will all ...

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Christmas At Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas At Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson

The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand;The wind was a nor'wester, blowing squally off the sea;And ...

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Ad Piscatorem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ad Piscatorem by Robert Louis Stevenson

FOR these are sacred fishes allWho know that lord that is the lord of all;Come to the brim and nose the friendly handThat sways and can beshadow all the land.Nor only so, but have ...

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When The Sun Come After Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson

When The Sun Come After Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson

WHEN the sun comes after rainAnd the bird is in the blue,The girls go down the laneTwo by two.When the sun comes after shadowAnd the singing of the showers,The girls go up the ...

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Auntie’s Skirts by Robert Louis Stevenson

Auntie’s Skirts by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever Auntie moves around,Her dresses make a curious sound,They trail behind her up the floor,And trundle after through the door.

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The Land Of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Land Of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

From breakfast on through all the dayAt home among my friends I stay,But every night I go abroadAfar into the land of Nod.All by myself I have to go,With none to tell me what to ...

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Romance by Robert Louis Stevenson

Romance by Robert Louis Stevenson

I WILL make you brooches and toys for your delight Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night. I will make a palace fit for you and me, Of green days in forests and blue days ...

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Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson

Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson

Late lies the wintry sun a-bed, A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange, sets again. Before the stars have left the skies, At morning ...

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Envoy For “A Child’s Garden Of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Envoy For “A Child’s Garden Of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson

WHETHER upon the garden seatYou lounge with your uplifted feetUnder the May's whole Heaven of blue;Or whether on the sofa you,No grown up person being by,Do some soft corner ...

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To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson

To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson

You too, my mother, read my rhymes For love of unforgotten times, And you may chance to hear once more The little feet along the floor.

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Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Your Days by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Your Days by Robert Louis Stevenson

FEAR not, dear friend, but freely live your daysThough lesser lives should suffer. Such am I,A lesser life, that what is his of skyGladly would give for you, and what of ...

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My Bed Is A Boat by Robert Louis Stevenson

My Bed Is A Boat by Robert Louis Stevenson

My bed is like a little boat; Nurse helps me in when I embark; She girds me in my sailor's coat And starts me in the dark. At night I go on board and say Good-night to all my ...

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