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A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems

by Robert Louis Stevenson

My Ship and I

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: 3.9
  • Word Count: 199

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O it’s I that am the captain of a tidy little ship,
      Of a ship that goes a sailing on the pond;
And my ship it keeps a-turning all around and all about;
But when I’m a little older, I shall find the secret out
      How to send my vessel sailing on beyond.

For I mean to grow as little as the dolly at the helm,
      And the dolly I intend to come alive;
And with him beside to help me, it’s a-sailing I shall go,
It’s a-sailing on the water, when the jolly breezes blow
      And the vessel goes a divie-divie-dive.

O it’s then you’ll see me sailing through the rushes and the reeds,
      And you’ll hear the water singing at the prow;
For beside the dolly sailor, I’m to voyage and explore,
To land upon the island where no dolly was before,
      And to fire the penny cannon in the bow.