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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
1. Night and Day

WHEN the golden day is done. 
  Through the closing portal, 
Child and garden, flower and sun, 
  Vanish all things mortal. 
  
As the blinding shadows fall         5
  As the rays diminish, 
Under evening’s cloak, they all 
  Roll away and vanish. 
  
Garden darkened, daisy shut, 
  Child in bed, they slumber—  10
Glow-worm in the highway rut, 
  Mice among the lumber. 
  
In the darkness houses shine, 
  Parents move with candles; 
Till on all, the night divine  15
  Turns the bedroom handles. 
  
Till at last the day begins 
  In the east a-breaking, 
In the hedges and the whins 
  Sleeping birds a-waking.  20
  
In the darkness shapes of things, 
  Houses, trees and hedges, 
Clearer grow; and sparrow’s wings 
  Beat on window ledges. 
  
These shall wake the yawning maid;  25
  She the door shall open— 
Finding dew on garden glade 
  And the morning broken. 
  
There my garden grows again 
  Green and rosy painted,  30
As at eve behind the pane 
  From my eyes it fainted. 
  
Just as it was shut away, 
  Toy-like in the even, 
Here I see it glow with day  35
  Under glowing heaven. 
  
Every path and every plot, 
  Every bush of roses, 
Every blue forget-me-not 
  Where the dew reposes,  40
  
“Up!” they cry, “the day is come 
  On the smiling valleys: 
We have beat the morning drum; 
  Playmate, join your allies!” 

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