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A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Hayloft

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Stevenson, R.L. (1913). A Child’s Garden of Verses. Simon & Schuster Children’s.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 0.5
  • Word Count: 136

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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.

Those green and sweetly smelling crops
      They led in waggons home;
And they piled them here in mountain tops
      For mountaineers to roam.

Here is Mount Clear, Mount Rusty-Nail,
      Mount Eagle and Mount High;—
The mice that in these mountains dwell,
      No happier are than I!

Oh, what a joy to clamber there,
      Oh, what a place for play,
With the sweet, the dim, the dusty air,
      The happy hills of hay!