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A Child's Garden of Verses by Stevenson

A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

by

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSoN

Illustrated by Myrtle Sheldon

M. A. Donohue & Co. Chicago Copyright 1916 by M. A. Donohue and Company

BY WAY of INTRODUCTION

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Nothing has ever been written that appeals to a child's nature more than "A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES." It is written in a simple verse that a child can readily understand. It was one of the earlier efforts of the author, Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scotchman by birth, who, owing to ill-health, became a world traveler. During his travels he visited the United States, spending a year among our famous resorts. Later he visited Australia and the South Sea Islands, which climate agreed with him to such an extent that he finally settled down and made his home on the island of Samoa. He continued his travels from that point, often visiting the Hawaiian Islands, Australia and New Zealand. He formed a strong friendship for the natives of Samoa, and did a great deal to improve their conditions. He died on the island, and at his own request was buried on the top of one of its beautiful mountains, with the following lines upon his tomb:

_Here he lies, where he longed to be; Home is the Sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill._

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CONTENTS

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BED IN SUMMER

YOUNG NIGHT THOUGHT

PIRATE STORY

FAREWELL TO THE FARM

THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE

FAIRY BREAD

ESCAPE AT BEDTIME

A GOOD PLAY

MARCHING SONG

WHERE GO THE BOATS

THE HAYLOFT

AUNTIE'S SKIRTS

THE MOON

THE COW

FOREIGN LANDS

SYSTEM

AT THE SEASIDE

HAPPY THOUGHT

THE LAND OF NOD

WINDY NIGHTS

TIME TO RISE

RAIN

FOREIGN CHILDREN

LOOKING FORWARD

MY SHADOW


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