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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
31. The Lamplighter

MY tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky; 
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by; 
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat, 
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street. 
Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,         5
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be; 
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do, 
O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you! 
For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door, 
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;  10
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light; 
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night! 



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