Robert Louis Stevenson > A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods > 1. To Willie and Henrietta
Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
1. To Willie and Henrietta

      IF two may read aright 
      These rhymes of old delight 
      And house and garden play, 
You two, my cousins, and you only, may. 
      You in a garden green         5
      With me were king and queen, 
      Were hunter, soldier, tar, 
And all the thousand things that children are. 
      Now in the elders’ seat 
      We rest with quiet feet,  10
      And from the window-bay 
We watch the children, our successors, play. 
      “Time was,” the golden head 
      Irrevocably said; 
      But time which none can bind,  15
While flowing fast away, leaves love behind. 



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