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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Land of Counterpane
By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
 
From ‘Poems and Ballads’

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 bedclothes, 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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