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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
The Lamplighter
By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
 
MY tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at tea-time 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,        5
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
O Leerie, I’ll 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;        10
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light,
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!
 
 
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