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A Childs Garden of Verses and Underwoods
> 31. The Lamplighter
Stevenson, Robert Louis
A Childs Garden of Verses and Underwoods.
tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
Its time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.
Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papas a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what Im to do,
O Leerie, Ill go round at night and light the lamps with you!
For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!