A Child’s Garden of Verses

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson  | Date: 1885

XVIII. MY SHADOW

I 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 to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow-

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,

And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;

I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "XVIII. My Shadow," 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 July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=167FMRQ5C81PSWZ.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "XVIII. My Shadow." A Child’s Garden of Verses, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=167FMRQ5C81PSWZ.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'XVIII. My Shadow' 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 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=167FMRQ5C81PSWZ.