*Bed In Summer
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way.
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
~~ *Robert Louis Stevenson
This lovely poem is a child's lament from a book in my personal library collection, p.7: A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods by Robert Louis Stevenson With Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Alexander Harvey. Medallian Edition. NY, Current Literature Publishing Co. 1909.
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