- 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: 2.0
- Word Count: 126
Stevenson, R. (1913). Foreign Lands. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Foreign Lands." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. September 24, 2023.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "Foreign Lands," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed September 24, 2023,.
Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad in foreign lands.
I saw the next door garden lie,
Adorned with flowers, before my eye,
And many pleasant places more
That I had never seen before.
I saw the dimpling river pass
And be the sky’s blue looking-glass;
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping in to town.
If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,
To where the grown-up river slips
Into the sea among the ships,
To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into fairy land,
Where all the children dine at five,
And all the playthings come alive.