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A Good Boy

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I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.

And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,
And I am very happy, for I know that I’ve been good.

My bed is waiting cool and fresh, with linen smooth and fair,
And I must be off to sleepsin-by, and not forget my prayer.

I know that, till to-morrow I shall see the sun arise,
No ugly dream shall fright my mind, no ugly sight my eyes.

But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn,
And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Hayloft

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Through all the pleasant meadow-side
The grass grew shoulder-high,
Till the shining scythes went far and wide
And cut it down to dry.

Those green and sweetly smelling crops
They led the waggons home;
And they piled them here in mountain tops
For mountaineers to roam.

Here is Mount Clear, Mount Rusty-Nail,
Mount Eagle and Mount High;–
The mice that in these mountains dwell,
No happier are than I!

Oh, what a joy to clamber there,
Oh, what a place for play,
With the sweet, the dim, the dusty air,
The happy hills of hay!

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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In The Highlands

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In the highlands, in the country places,
Where the old plain men have rosy faces,
And the young fair maidens
Quiet eyes;
Where essential silence cheers and blesses,
And for ever in the hill-recesses
Her more lovely music
Broods and dies–

O to mount again where erst I haunted;
Where the old red hills are bird-enchanted,
And the low green meadows
Bright with sward;
And when even dies, the million-tinted,
And the night has come, and planets glinted,
Lo, the valley hollow
Lamp-bestarr’d!

O to dream, O to awake and wander
There, and with delight to take and render,
Through the trance of silence,
Quiet breath!
Lo! for there, among the flowers and grasses,
Only the mightier movement sounds and passes;
Only winds and rivers,
Life and death.

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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13th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island)

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Died:

2007 John Doherty (footballer) 

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On This Day:

1982 Vietnam War Memorial (Washington) dedicated

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Have a good Monday, 13th November

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

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For the long nights you lay awake
And watched for my unworthy sake:
For your most comfortable hand
That led me through the uneven land:
For all the story-books you read:
For all the pains you comforted:

For all you pitied, all you bore,
In sad and happy days of yore:-
My second Mother, my first Wife,
The angel of my infant life-
From the sick child, now well and old,
Take, nurse, the little book you hold!

And grant it, Heaven, that all who read
May find as dear a nurse at need,
And every child who lists my rhyme,
In the bright, fireside, nursery clime,
May hear it in as kind a voice
As made my childish days rejoice!

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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3rd December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1948 Ozzy Osbourne (rocker)

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Died:

1894 Robert Louis Stevenson (writer)

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On This Day:

1818 Illinois admitted as the 21st State of the US

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Have a good Thursday, 3rd December

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13th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson (author – Treasure Island)

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Died:

1460 Henry The Navigator (Portuguese prince)

On This Day:

1940 Walt Disney launches “Fantasia”

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Have a good Friday, 13th November

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