Robert Louis Stevenson > A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods > 2. Nest Eggs
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
2. Nest Eggs

BIRDS all the sunny day 
  Flutter and quarrel 
Here in the arbour-like 
  Tent of the laurel. 
Here in the fork         5
  The brown nest is seated; 
Four little blue eggs 
  The mother keeps heated. 
While we stand watching her, 
  Staring like gabies,  10
Safe in each egg are the 
  Bird’s little babies. 
Soon the frail eggs they shall 
  Chip, and upspringing 
Make all the April woods  15
  Merry with singing. 
Younger than we are, 
  O children, and frailer, 
Soon in blue air they’ll be, 
  Singer and sailor.  20
We, so much older, 
  Taller and stronger, 
We shall look down on the 
  Birdies no longer. 
They shall go flying  25
  With musical speeches 
High overhead in the 
  Tops of the beeches. 
In spite of our wisdom 
  And sensible talking,  30
We on our feet must go 
  Plodding and walking. 



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