A Child’s Garden of Verses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson  | Date: 1885


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 fire paints the empty room:

And warmly on the roof it looks,

And flickers on the backs of books.

Armies march by tower and spire

Of cities blazing, in the fire;-

Till as I gaze with staring eyes,

The armies fade, the luster dies.

Then once again the glow returns;

Again the phantom city burns;

And down the red-hot valley, lo!

The phantom armies marching go!

Blinking embers, tell me true

Where are those armies marching to.

And what the burning city is

That crumbles in your furnaces!


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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "VIII. Armies in the Fire," A Child’s Garden of Verses Original Sources, accessed March 30, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MGHNH7A3BLNVZ8.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "VIII. Armies in the Fire." A Child’s Garden of Verses, Original Sources. 30 Mar. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MGHNH7A3BLNVZ8.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'VIII. Armies in the Fire' in A Child’s Garden of Verses. Original Sources, retrieved 30 March 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MGHNH7A3BLNVZ8.