- 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: 1.4
- Word Count: 105
Stevenson, R. (1913). Young Night-Thought. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 19, 2014, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Young Night-Thought." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. April 19, 2014.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "Young Night-Thought," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed April 19, 2014,.
All night long and every night,
When my mama puts out the light,
I see the people marching by,
As plain as day before my eye.
Armies and emperor and kings,
All carrying different kinds of things,
And marching in so grand a way,
You never saw the like by day.
So fine a show was never seen
At the great circus on the green;
For every kind of beast and man
Is marching in that caravan.
As first they move a little slow,
But still the faster on they go,
And still beside me close I keep
Until we reach the town of Sleep.