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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
VI. A Visit from the Sea

FAR from the loud sea beaches 
  Where he goes fishing and crying, 
Here in the inland garden 
  Why is the sea-gull flying? 
  
Here are no fish to dive for;         5
  Here is the corn and lea; 
Here are the green trees rustling. 
  Hie away home to sea! 
  
Fresh is the river water 
  And quiet among the rushes;  10
This is no home for the sea-gull 
  But for the rooks and thrushes. 
  
Pity the bird that has wandered! 
  Pity the sailor ashore! 
Hurry him home to the ocean,  15
  Let him come here no more! 
  
High on the sea-cliff ledges 
  The white gulls are trooping and crying, 
Here among rooks and roses, 
  Why is the sea-gull flying?  20

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