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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Land of Counterpane
 
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
 
 
WHEN I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.
 
And sometimes for an hour or so        5
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
 
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;        10
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
 
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,        15
The pleasant land of counterpane.
 

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