A Child’s Garden of Verses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson  | Date: 1885


DOWN by a shining water well

I found a very little dell,

No higher than my head.

The heather and the gorse about

In summer bloom were coming out,

Some yellow and some red.

I called the little pool a sea;

The little hills were big to me;

For I am very small.

I made a boat, I made a town,

I searched the caverns up and down,

And named them one and all.

And all about was mine, I said,

The little sparrows overhead,

The little minnows too.

This was the world and I was king;

For me the bees came by to sing,

For me the swallows flew.

I played there were no deeper seas,

Nor any wider plains than these,

Nor other kings than me.

At last I heard my mother call

Out from the house at evenfall,

To call me home to tea.

And I must rise and leave my dell,

And leave my dimpled water well,

And leave my heather blooms.

Alas! and as my home I neared

How very big my nurse appeared,

How great and cool the rooms!


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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "III. My Kingdom," A Child’s Garden of Verses in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed March 19, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNDYVH16PCS4FW6.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "III. My Kingdom." A Child’s Garden of Verses, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 19 Mar. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNDYVH16PCS4FW6.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'III. My Kingdom' in A Child’s Garden of Verses. cited in 1996, Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, World Library, Inc., Irvine, CA. Original Sources, retrieved 19 March 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNDYVH16PCS4FW6.