- 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: 0.5
- Word Count: 235
Stevenson, R. (1913). My Kingdom. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 10, 2021, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "My Kingdom." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. May 10, 2021.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "My Kingdom," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed May 10, 2021,.
Down by a shining water well
I found a very little dell,
No higher than my head.
The heather and the gorse about
In summer bloom were coming out,
Some yellow and some red.
I called the little pool a sea;
The little hills were big to me;
For I am very small.
I made a boat, I made a town,
I searched the caverns up and down,
And named them one and all.
And all about was mine, I said,
The little sparrows overhead,
The little minnows too.
This was the world and I was king;
For me the bees came by to sing,
For me the swallows flew.
I played there were no deeper seas,
Nor any wider plains than these,
Nor other kings than me.
At last I heard my mother call
Out from the house at evenfall,
To call me home to tea.
And I must rise and leave my dell,
And leave my dimpled water well,
And leave my heather blooms.
Alas! and as my home I neared,
How very big my nurse appeared.
How great and cool the rooms!