- 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: 1.1
- Word Count: 184
Stevenson, R. (1913). Escape at Bedtime. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 17, 2014, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Escape at Bedtime." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. April 17, 2014.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "Escape at Bedtime," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed April 17, 2014,.
The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.
The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shown in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.