- 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: 1.7
- Word Count: 99
Stevenson, R. (1913). A Good Play. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 25, 2022, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "A Good Play." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. June 25, 2022.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "A Good Play," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed June 25, 2022,.
We built a ship upon the stairs
All made of the back-bedroom chairs,
And filled it full of sofa pillows
To go a-sailing on the billows.
We took a saw and several nails,
And water in the nursery pails;
And Tom said, “Let us also take
An apple and a slice of cake;”—
Which was enough for Tom and me
To go a-sailing on, till tea.
We sailed along for days and days,
And had the very best of plays;
But Tom fell out and hurt his knee,
So there was no one left but me.