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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
5. Young Night Thought

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 emperors and kings,         5
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;  10
For every kind of beast and man 
Is marching in that caravan. 
  
At first they move a little slow, 
But still the faster on they go, 
And still beside them close I keep  15
Until we reach the town of Sleep. 

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