- 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: 3.2
- Word Count: 102
Stevenson, R. (1913). The Land of Counterpane. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 18, 2014, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "The Land of Counterpane." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. April 18, 2014.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Land of Counterpane," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed April 18, 2014,.
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.