- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Stevenson, R.L. (1913). A Child’s Garden of Verses. Simon & Schuster Children’s.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 0.5
- Word Count: 49
Stevenson, R. (1913). At the Sea-Side. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved July 30, 2015, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "At the Sea-Side." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. July 30, 2015.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "At the Sea-Side," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed July 30, 2015,.
When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup.
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more.