- 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: 3.9
- Word Count: 199
Stevenson, R. (1913). My Ship and I. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 29, 2022, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "My Ship and I." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. June 29, 2022.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "My Ship and I," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed June 29, 2022,.
O it’s I that am the captain of a tidy little ship,
Of a ship that goes a sailing on the pond;
And my ship it keeps a-turning all around and all about;
But when I’m a little older, I shall find the secret out
How to send my vessel sailing on beyond.
For I mean to grow as little as the dolly at the helm,
And the dolly I intend to come alive;
And with him beside to help me, it’s a-sailing I shall go,
It’s a-sailing on the water, when the jolly breezes blow
And the vessel goes a divie-divie-dive.
O it’s then you’ll see me sailing through the rushes and the reeds,
And you’ll hear the water singing at the prow;
For beside the dolly sailor, I’m to voyage and explore,
To land upon the island where no dolly was before,
And to fire the penny cannon in the bow.