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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
2. My Ship and I

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.         5
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.  10
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.  15



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