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A Child's Own Book of Verse II by  Ada M. Skinner


 

 

FOREIGN LANDS

[14]

Up into the cherry tree

Who should climb but little me?

I held the trunk with both my hands

And looked abroad on foreign lands.


I saw the next door garden lie,

Adorned with flowers, before my eye,

And many pleasant places more

That I had never seen before.


I saw the dimpling river pass

And be the sky's blue looking-glass;

The dusty roads go up and down

With people tramping in to town.


If I could find a higher tree

Farther and farther I should see,

To where the grown-up river slips

Into the sea among the ships,


To where the roads on either hand

Lead onward into fairyland,

Where all the children dine at five

And all the playthings come alive.

—ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.


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