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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
32. My Bed is a Boat

MY bed is like a little boat; 
  Nurse helps me in when I embark; 
She girds me in my sailor’s coat 
  And starts me in the dark. 
At night, I go on board and say         5
  Good night to all my friends on shore; 
I shut my eyes and sail away 
  And see and hear no more. 
And sometimes things to bed I take, 
  As prudent sailors have to do;  10
Perhaps a slice of wedding-cake, 
  Perhaps a toy or two. 
All night across the dark we steer; 
  But when the day returns at last, 
Safe in my room, beside the pier,  15
  I find my vessel fast. 



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