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A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Dec 18, 2010

it was amazing

This is the most beautiful, most wonderful book of poetry I know of. The poems are short and perfectly sweet and imaginative. The hardest part is choosing which edition to read because so many different artists have illustrated it. I think the Classic Illustrated edition is my favorite. I also love the Brian Wildsmith version, but there are many others you can see on to choose what pictures you like best. Some versions contain the complete poems from the original Child's Garden of Verses, and some just contain a portion.

Foreign Lands
"I saw the dimpling river pass
And be the sky's blue looking glass;
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping into town

To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into fairy land.
Where all the children dine and five,
And all the playthings come alive."

A Good Boy
And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,
And I am very happy, for I know that I've been good.

My bed is waiting cool and fresh, with linen smooth and fair
And I must be off to sleepsin-by, and not forget my prayer.

I know that, till tomorrow I shall see the sun arise,
No ugly dream shall fright my mind no ugly sight my eyes.

But slumber hold me tightly till I awaken in the dawn,
And hear the thrushes swinging in the lilacs round the lawn.

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