To Minnie – Robert Louis Stevenson

To Minnie The red room with the giant bed Where none but elders laid their head; The little room where you and I Did for…

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The Hayloft – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Hayloft Through all the pleasant meadow-side The grass grew shoulder-high, Till the shining scythes went far and wide And cut it down to dry….

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Shadow March – Robert Louis Stevenson

Shadow March All around the house is the jet-black night; It stares through the window-pane; It crawls in the corners, hiding from the light, And…

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Lo, Now, My Guest – Robert Louis Stevenson

Lo, Now, My Guest LO, now, my guest, if aught amiss were said, Forgive it and dismiss it from your head. For me, for you,…

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Good-Night – Robert Louis Stevenson

Good-Night Then the bright lamp is carried in, The sunless hours again begin; O’er all without, in field and lane, The haunted night returns again….

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Christmas At Sea – Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas At Sea The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand; The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could…

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The Wind Is Without There And Howls In The Trees – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wind Is Without There And Howls In The Trees THE wind is without there and howls in the trees, And the rain-flurries drum on…

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System – Robert Louis Stevenson

System Every night my prayers I say, And get my dinner every day; And every day that I’ve been good, I get an orange after…

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Night And Day – Robert Louis Stevenson

Night And Day When the golden day is done, Through the closing portal, Child and garden, Flower and sun, Vanish all things mortal. As the…

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In The States – Robert Louis Stevenson

In The States With half a heart I wander here As from an age gone by A brother yet— though young in years, An elder…

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Fixed Is The Doom – Robert Louis Stevenson

Fixed Is The Doom FIXED is the doom; and to the last of years Teacher and taught, friend, lover, parent, child, Each walks, though near,…

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Air Of Diabelli’s – Robert Louis Stevenson

Air Of Diabelli’s CALL it to mind, O my love. Dear were your eyes as the day, Bright as the day and the sky; Like…

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To The Muse – Robert Louis Stevenson

To The Muse Resign the rhapsody, the dream, To men of larger reach; Be ours the quest of a plain theme, The piety of speech….

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The Piper – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Piper AGAIN I hear you piping, for I know the tune so well, – You rouse the heart to wander and be free, Tho’…

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Sonnet V – Robert Louis Stevenson

Sonnet V Not undelightful, friend, our rustic ease To grateful hearts; for by especial hap, Deep nested in the hill’s enormous lap, With its own…

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My Love Was Warm – Robert Louis Stevenson

My Love Was Warm MY love was warm; for that I crossed The mountains and the sea, Nor counted that endeavour lost That gave my…

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I Now, O Friend, Whom Noiselessly The Snows – Robert Louis Stevenson

I Now, O Friend, Whom Noiselessly The Snows I NOW, O friend, whom noiselessly the snows Settle around, and whose small chamber grows Dusk as…

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Dedication – Robert Louis Stevenson

Dedication MY first gift and my last, to you I dedicate this fascicle of songs – The only wealth I have: Just as they are,…

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Young Night-Thought – Robert Louis Stevenson

Young Night-Thought All night long and every night, When my mama puts out the light, I see the people marching by, As plain as day…

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To Marcus – Robert Louis Stevenson

To Marcus YOU have been far, and I Been farther yet, Since last, in foul or fair An impecunious pair, Below this northern sky Of…

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The Gardener – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Gardener The gardener does not love to talk, He makes me keep the gravel walk; And when he puts his tools away, He locks…

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Romance – Robert Louis Stevenson

Romance I WILL make you brooches and toys for your delight Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night. I will make a palace fit…

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Long Time I Lay In Little Ease – Robert Louis Stevenson

Long Time I Lay In Little Ease LONG TIME I LAY IN LITTLE EASE LONG time I lay in little ease Where, placed by the…

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Good And Bad Children – Robert Louis Stevenson

Good And Bad Children Children, you are very little, And your bones are very brittle; If you would grow great and stately, You must try…

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Block City – Robert Louis Stevenson

Block City What are you able to build with your blocks? Castles and palaces, temples and docks. Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,…

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The Vagabond – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Vagabond Give to me the life I love, Let the lave go by me, Give the jolly heaven above And the byway nigh me….

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Tempest Tossed And Sore Afflicted – Robert Louis Stevenson

Tempest Tossed And Sore Afflicted TEMPEST tossed and sore afflicted, sin defiled and care oppressed, Come to me, all ye that labour; come, and I…

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Nest Eggs – Robert Louis Stevenson

Nest Eggs Birds all the summer day Flutter and quarrel Here in the arbour-like Tent of the laurel. Here in the fork The brown nest…

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In The Highlands – Robert Louis Stevenson

In The Highlands IN the highlands, in the country places, Where the old plain men have rosy faces,    And the young fair maidens    Quiet eyes;…

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Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Your Days – Robert Louis Stevenson

Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Your Days FEAR not, dear friend, but freely live your days Though lesser lives should suffer. Such am…

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After Reading Antony And Cleopatra – Robert Louis Stevenson

After Reading Antony And Cleopatra AS when the hunt by holt and field Drives on with horn and strife, Hunger of hopeless things pursues Our…

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To Sydney – Robert Louis Stevenson

To Sydney NOT thine where marble-still and white Old statues share the tempered light And mock the uneven modern flight, But in the stream Of…

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The Old Chimaeras. Old Recipts – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Old Chimaeras. Old Recipts THE old Chimaeras, old receipts For making “happy land,” The old political beliefs Swam close before my hand. The grand…

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Spring Song – Robert Louis Stevenson

Spring Song THE air was full of sun and birds, The fresh air sparkled clearly. Remembrance wakened in my heart And I knew I loved…

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My Bed Is A Boat – Robert Louis Stevenson

My Bed Is A Boat My bed is like a little boat; Nurse helps me in when I embark; She girds me in my sailor’s…

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I Do Not Fear To Own Me Kin – Robert Louis Stevenson

I Do Not Fear To Own Me Kin I DO not fear to own me kin To the glad clods in which spring flowers begin;…

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Death, To The Dead For Evermore – Robert Louis Stevenson

Death, To The Dead For Evermore DEATH, to the dead for evermore A King, a God, the last, the best of friends – Whene’er this…

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A Good Boy – Robert Louis Stevenson

A Good Boy I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day, I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to…

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To Mesdames Zassetsky And Garschine – Robert Louis Stevenson

To Mesdames Zassetsky And Garschine THE wind may blaw the lee-gang way And aye the lift be mirk an’ gray, An deep the moss and…

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The Flowers – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Flowers All the names I know from nurse: Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse, Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock, And the Lady Hollyhock. Fairy places, fairy things,…

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Requiem – Robert Louis Stevenson

Requiem Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me…

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Lo! In Thine Honest Eyes I Read – Robert Louis Stevenson

Lo! In Thine Honest Eyes I Read LO! in thine honest eyes I read The auspicious beacon that shall lead, After long sailing in deep…

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God Gave To Me A Child In Part – Robert Louis Stevenson

God Gave To Me A Child In Part GOD gave to me a child in part, Yet wholly gave the father’s heart: Child of my…

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Behold, As Goblins Dark Of Mien – Robert Louis Stevenson

Behold, As Goblins Dark Of Mien BEHOLD, as goblins dark of mien And portly tyrants dyed with crime Change, in the transformation scene, At Christmas,…

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When The Sun Come After Rain – Robert Louis Stevenson

When The Sun Come After Rain WHEN the sun comes after rain And the bird is in the blue, The girls go down the lane…

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The Wind Blew Shrill And Smart – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wind Blew Shrill And Smart THE wind blew shrill and smart, And the wind awoke my heart Again to go a-sailing o’er the sea,…

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Swallows Travel To And Fro – Robert Louis Stevenson

Swallows Travel To And Fro SWALLOWS travel to and fro, And the great winds come and go, And the steady breezes blow, Bearing perfume, bearing…

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My Wife – Robert Louis Stevenson

My Wife Trusty, dusky, vivid, true, With eyes of gold and bramble-dew, Steel-true and blade-straight, The great artificer Made my mate. Honour, anger, valour, fire;…

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In The Green And Gallant Spring – Robert Louis Stevenson

In The Green And Gallant Spring IN the green and gallant Spring, Love and the lyre I thought to sing, And kisses sweet to give…

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Farewell – Robert Louis Stevenson

Farewell FAREWELL, and when forth I through the Golden Gates to Golden Isles Steer without smiling, through the sea of smiles, Isle upon isle, in…

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Ad Se Ipsum – Robert Louis Stevenson

Ad Se Ipsum DEAR sir, good-morrow! Five years back, When you first girded for this arduous track, And under various whimsical pretexts Endowed another with…

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To What Shall I Compare Her – Robert Louis Stevenson

To What Shall I Compare Her TO what shall I compare her, That is as fair as she? For she is fairer – fairer Than…

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The Mirror Speaks – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Mirror Speaks Where the bells peal far at sea Cunning fingers fashioned me. There on palace walls I hung While that Consuelo sung; But…

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Sonnet Iii – Robert Louis Stevenson

Sonnet Iii I have a hoard of treasure in my breast; The grange of memory steams against the door, Full of my bygone lifetime’s garnered…

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Men Are Heaven’s Piers – Robert Louis Stevenson

Men Are Heaven’s Piers MEN are Heaven’s piers; they evermore Unwearying bear the skyey floor; Man’s theatre they bear with ease, Unfrowning cariatides! I, for…

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I Dreamed Of Forest Alleys Fair – Robert Louis Stevenson

I Dreamed Of Forest Alleys Fair I. I DREAMED of forest alleys fair And fields of gray-flowered grass, Where by the yellow summer moon My…

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De M. Antonio – Robert Louis Stevenson

De M. Antonio NOW Antoninus, in a smiling age, Counts of his life the fifteenth finished stage. The rounded days and the safe years he…

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A Good Play – Robert Louis Stevenson

A Good Play We built a ship upon the stairs All made of the back-bedroom chairs, And filled it full of soft pillows To go…

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To Friends At Home – Robert Louis Stevenson

To Friends At Home TO friends at home, the lone, the admired, the lost The gracious old, the lovely young, to May The fair, December…

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The Dumb Soldier – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Dumb Soldier When the grass was closely mown, Walking on the lawn alone, In the turf a hole I found And hid a soldier…

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