Robert Louis Stevenson > A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods > 4. Summer Sun
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
4. Summer Sun

GREAT is the sun, and wide he goes 
Through empty heaven without repose; 
And in the blue and glowing days 
More thick than rain he showers his rays. 
Though closer still the blinds we pull         5
To keep the shady parlour cool, 
Yet he will find a chink or two 
To slip his golden fingers through. 
The dusty attic spider-clad 
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;  10
And through the broken edge of tiles, 
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles. 
Meantime his golden face around 
He bears to all the garden ground, 
And sheds a warm and glittering look  15
Among the ivy’s inmost nook. 
Above the hills, along the blue, 
Round the bright air with footing true, 
To please the child, to paint the rose, 
The gardener of the World, he goes.  20



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