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A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems

by Robert Louis Stevenson

My Kingdom

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: 235

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Down by a shining water well
I found a very little dell,
      No higher than my head.
The heather and the gorse about
In summer bloom were coming out,
      Some yellow and some red.

I called the little pool a sea;
The little hills were big to me;
      For I am very small.
I made a boat, I made a town,
I searched the caverns up and down,
      And named them one and all.

And all about was mine, I said,
The little sparrows overhead,
      The little minnows too.
This was the world and I was king;
For me the bees came by to sing,
      For me the swallows flew.

I played there were no deeper seas,
Nor any wider plains than these,
      Nor other kings than me.
At last I heard my mother call
Out from the house at evenfall,
      To call me home to tea.

And I must rise and leave my dell,
And leave my dimpled water well,
      And leave my heather blooms.
Alas! and as my home I neared,
How very big my nurse appeared.
      How great and cool the rooms!