- 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: 3.3
- Word Count: 118
Stevenson, R. (1913). A Good Boy. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved August 30, 2015, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "A Good Boy." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. August 30, 2015.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "A Good Boy," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed August 30, 2015,.
I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.
And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,
And I am very happy, for I know that I’ve been good.
My bed is waiting cool and fresh, with linen smooth and fair,
And I must be off to sleepsin-by, and not forget my prayer.
I know that, till to-morrow I shall see the sun arise,
No ugly dream shall fright my mind, no ugly sight my eyes.
But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn,
And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.