A Child’s Garden of Verses – R. L. Stevenson, E. Mars (1927)


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A Child’s Garden of Verses – R. L. Stevenson, E. Mars (1927)


Title: A Child’s Garden of Verses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, E. Mars (illus), M. H. Squire (illus)

Publisher: Rand, McNally & Co., 1927.

Condition: Hardcover, pictorial boards. Fair. Book has been thumbed through, with some thumb marks. Binding sagging slightly, totally intact but not tight. Two small closed tears on pages, not affecting text or plates. Slight foxing and tanning, inscription to ffep. With charming colour plates, black-and-white plates, and in-text illustrations. 91pp., app 7″x5″.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

A Child’s Garden of Verses is an 1885 volume of 64 poems for children by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. It has been reprinted many times, often in illustrated versions, and is considered to be one of the most influential children’s works of the 19th century. The poems, which have been widely imitated, are written from the point of view of a child. Stevenson dedicated the collection to his childhood nurse, Alison Cunningham.

From a Railway Carriage

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,

Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches,

Charging along like troops in a battle

All through the meadows the horses and cattle:

All of the sights of the hill and the plain

Fly as thick as driving rain;

And ever again, in the wink of an eye

Painted stations whistle by.

Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,

All by himself and gathering brambles;

Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;

And here is the green for stringing the daisies!

Here is a cart run away in the road

Lumping along with man and load;

And here is a mill, and there is a river:

Each a glimpse and gone forever!