Robert Louis Stevenson > A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods > 3. My Kingdom
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
3. My Kingdom

DOWN by a shining water well 
I found a very little dell, 
  No higher than my head. 
The heather and the gorse about 
In summer bloom were coming out,         5
  Some yellow and some red. 
I called the little pool a sea; 
The little hills were big to me; 
  For I am very small. 
I made a boat, I made a town,  10
I searched the caverns up and down, 
  And named them one and all. 
And all about was mine, I said, 
  The little sparrows overhead, 
The little minnows too.  15
This was the world and I was king; 
For me the bees came by to sing, 
  For me the swallows flew. 
I played there were no deeper seas, 
Nor any wider plains than these,  20
  Nor other kings than me. 
At last I heard my mother call 
Out from the house at evenfall, 
  To call me home to tea. 
And I must rise and leave my dell,  25
And leave my dimpled water well, 
  And leave my heather blooms. 
Alas! and as my home I neared, 
How very big my nurse appeared, 
  How great and cool the rooms!  30



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