- 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: 1.0
- Word Count: 29
Stevenson, R. (1913). The Whole Duty of Children. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved March 28, 2015, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "The Whole Duty of Children." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. March 28, 2015.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Whole Duty of Children," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed March 28, 2015,.
A child should always say what’s true
And speak when he is spoken to,
And behave mannerly at table;
At least as far as he is able.