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Featured Poem: Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis Stevenson

Written by Beth Pochin, 1st September 2014

After a fabulous few days hosting our Children's Literature Festival -The Secret Garden of Stories - it feels fitting to continue enjoying the wonders of  Children's Literature  in this week;s Featured Poem. For this reason, we have chosen one of our favourite Children's poems, Escape at Bedtime by R.L. Stevenson. We hope you enjoy!

Escape at Bedtime:

The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne'er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.

The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shown in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.


by Robert Louis Stevenson

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