- 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: 2.4
- Word Count: 163
Stevenson, R. (1913). The Land of Story-Books. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 22, 2013, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "The Land of Story-Books." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. May 22, 2013.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Land of Story-Books," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed May 22, 2013,.
At evening when the lamp is lit,
Around the fire my parents sit;
They sit at home and talk and sing,
And do not play at anything.
Now, with my little gun, I crawl
All in the dark along the wall,
And follow round the forest track
Away behind the sofa back.
There, in the night, where none can spy,
All in my hunter’s camp I lie,
And play at books that I have read
Till it is time to go to bed.
These are the hills, these are the woods,
These are my starry solitudes;
And there the river by whose brink
The roaring lions come to drink.
I see the others far away
As if in firelit camp they lay,
And I, like to an Indian scout,
Around their party prowled about.
So when my nurse comes in for me,
Home I return across the sea,
And go to bed with backward looks
At my dear land of Story-books.